The path to work on two wheels is not always “straightforward”. While in a car the general approach is to go in the shortest or fastest possible line, but cyclists must balance that objective with thoughts on safety, road surface, traffic density and other complications.
When selecting a commuting route, it may be desirable to start with the portions of the route that you absolutely want to avoid – such as a fast moving road or a dangerous intersection. Grab a map and see what other alternative paths exist that would allow travel without going through that section. Examples might be additions that have connecting sidewalks, using a path around the back of a shopping center or maybe a route through a university or an assisted living complex. Living on the far northeast area of Fort Wayne, all of these are part of my “comfort paths” to get downtown. Consider some recreational riding time on the weekends to practice your routes or to explore alternatives. You can always us drop a line, we are happy to offer assistance.
Once you’ve worked around the worst sections, choosing the connecting routes becomes easier. Use an on-line map tool to determine the streets that connect your selected “comfort path” and then on to your destination. Have you found a great route through a challenging area? Tell us about it! If you’ve got suggestions on what connections need to be added, to make biking easier in Fort Wayne for you and your riding, you are welcome to share with us via email or with the City of Fort Wayne by calling 311.