I took my bicycle out in Worcester for the first time yesterday. Patton as I recently christened my bike performed great. He needs to be tightened a bit and is still in the break-in period. The Camaleonte Due was a good choice. My rear disc brakes are squeaking so I need to adjust that, and my fenders need to be tightened.
Riding in Worcester
It was a short ride (about half an hour) to pick up a chicken for dinner. I rode from Union Station near where I live, through Kelly Square and up Chandler to Park. It was a good ride, but Worcester needs some help.
- The roads are in terrible condition. This is a problem even when I'm driving. Cycling, it was really obvious.
- No access for people with disabilities. I passed a man in his wheelchair on the road because there was no sidewalk ramp for him so he was riding in the far right of the lane. Not right.
- The drivers seemed shocked and or startled to see a cyclist in Kelly Square.
- One class of drivers were a big problem. These were the ones on cell phones or generally not paying attention. I'm not sure what you do about that as they are a menace to not only cyclists but everyone. I'm not sure how Boston got the rep for bad drivers. Worcester's seem far worse.
- Hostile drivers were the second class. These were drivers who seemed openly hostile to cyclists, e.g. honking at me when I'm in the left lane signaling a left turn; riding my ass and gunning it to pass; etc.
I'm going to keep at it. There need to be bike lanes and driver education on rules for bicycles (we are generally the same legally as a car in MA). Overall, it felt good to get the exercise. I calculated it should take about :30 - :45 minutes to get from my house to the Zen Center. I'll be riding at night next time and will see how that goes.