Anyways, I normally feel pretty bad about how we are killing the earth and all that, so today it was fortunate that I rode my bike to the science center, so I could ride home feeling very self righteous. It was late in the day, so I wan't able to take awesome pictures, but I wanted to write a post promoting cycling in Calgary to commute. I'm sure I'll write more.
People complain about the $5 parking fee at the science center, but how many bikes have I EVER seen in the beautiful new, privately donated bike racks out front??? One, two at most. And why? There is a beautiful network of Nose Creek/Bow River/Elbow River bike paths that run along behind the science center, that will connect you North, South, East and West on any of Calgary's 900+km of bike lanes and bike paths. Personally, I can get from home to the Telus Spark bike racks with only about 50m of road. The rest is all bike path. So, I'd like to contrast my commute home to the commute of people who drove today.
This is the science center. The bike path is on the right. It is close, see?? And pretty.
When you drove home today, what did you see? A fat man eating a cheeseburger? Well, I saw J. Beaver, in the flesh!! And took a shitty picture to prove it. Mr. Fuzzy Pants.
On the way home I cross the bridge by the zoo (you can see tigers and lynxes if you are lucky) and you get a great view of downtown.
This is what it looks like when you are riding your bike on the bike paths. Bet you could never have pictured it yourself.
I also get to go right past the saddledome. Basically, I hit the science center, the zoo, get some great views of downtown, and go right past the stampede grounds. It's a pretty nice tour, all in under 30min.
One more shot across the stampede ground towards downtown.
Now it's too dark out to really take any more nice pics. But you get the gist. Today I got to see some views and some nature and burn some calories and not kill the fish and the coral reefs. And so I think that's a pretty good thing.