Valley Metro

Sitting at work today, I keep watching news coverage of Hurricane Rita. Oil refineries in Houston started shutting down yesterday. We’re currently down to less than 75% of our domestic oil refinery capacity. Though I haven’t found any news articles that are making any sort of serious speculation about gas prices… I have to wonder if we’re in for some seriously unpleasant spikes very, very soon.

I live about 4 miles from my office so even as all my coworkers have started taking busses to work, I’ve been holding off. I keep hearing stories about how day by day, the busses are getting fuller and fuller- especially on the routes coming to central phoenix from the suburbs. And if they’re having trouble now… imagine what will happen if gas hits $4 or $5 a gallon? Phoenix is just not prepared for that.

I think it’s about time to buy a bicycle. I’ve never commuted by bike but it’s a straight shot and it should be easy enough to do. Maybe if I shop around at garage sales this weekend I can find a cheap one and try it out.

2 Comments so far

  1. Fritz (unregistered) on September 22nd, 2005 @ 3:11 pm

    It’s a little warm down in Phoenix so you’ll want to bring a change of clothes. Even at four miles you’ll be sweating like a … well, something. Do pigs sweat?

    When I got back into bike commuting (my car was in the shop) I thought I would DIE, even on my short 5 mile commute. After two or three days, though, I got used to it. Good luck with it.

  2. Holly (unregistered) on October 5th, 2005 @ 10:30 am

    Definitley try it out! I live 8 miles from work and I started out biking the whole thing a few months ago, but lately I take the bus 1/2 of the way. Riding a bike makes me feel like I’m in 5th grade again, like I don’t have a care in the world. Its really nice. And if you time yourself(in short distances) from doorstep to doorstep you’ll find that biking is usually equal to or quicker than taking a car, plus you get exercise and time to unwind. Phoenix is not very bike-friendly, unfortunatley. People will almost run you over daily with their tanks. I recommend reading the book “Divorce your car”. One of the best books I’ve read this year. It really enforces how inconvenient cars really are, even though we have been trained to think otherwise. Good luck with it!

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