My commute starts with getting my bike out of the "bike garage" in the ground floor of my apartment building, folding up my right pant leg to avoid the bike chain, and pedaling down to Lake Geneva. I bike along the lake, passing a lot of famous sights - the Jet d'Eau, the English Gardens, the Bain de Paquis. On a sunny day (which have been scarce recently, unfortunately), it's a glorious ride, most of it off the road or on bike paths. There's lots of pedestrians, but it's actually kind of fun to avoid them - it's like playing a "dodge 'em" type video game.
|On the way to work - looking north on Lake Geneva|
I'm on an old clunky bike, so lots of people pass me - even ladies with skirts and high heels, sometimes. (Yes, some women here bike to work in skirts and high heels - and I've seen plenty of men in suits, as well.) Maybe I shouldn't blame the bike - maybe it's me that needs to get in better shape?
There's substantial amounts of other bike commuters sharing the path with me. And almost nobody wears a helmet while biking. A few more than in Amsterdam, perhaps, where from what I saw, literally no adults wore bike helmets (and yet, they have by far the highest percentage of people biking to work and school).
We had a few days of rain last week, and I got absolutely drenched on my way home. I didn't mind so much my jeans getting soaked, though maybe I would have if my bike ride had been longer (it's about max 20 minutes). But my hands did get very cold. So until the weather gets a little better, I'll be bringing my rain pants and gloves with me. Even in the rain, it's an enjoyable bike ride, except that the fun of dodging pedestrians is gone because they stay inside. Another bonus - I don't need to work out anymore, except a bit of strength training here and there. I figure with 40 minutes of biking on the days that I work, I'm good.
My route to work now is pretty settled, but for the first few weeks, I constantly tweaked the route to try to make it shorter, safer, and find the shortest waits are at intersections. Here's the route via Google Maps.