My New World
A few months ago, I wrote about my short-trip route to the grocery store. I recently moved from Maitland/Casselberry to Audubon Park, so I thought I’d do the exercise again.
In keeping with Andy Cline’s One Mile Solution, I’ll start with my mile—give or take. The pink highlights on the map represent all my short trip routes. I’m 1/2 mile from the mall, several shopping centers, pretty much every type of store I could want, lots of restaurants, the Cady Way trail head and all-important Bikes Beans & Bordeaux. I’m a mile and a half from my preferred grocery store (Publix in Baldwin Park). BTW, If you’re wondering why I don’t take the more direct route to Publix via Maguire and New Broad Street, here’s a hint (Lake Baldwin Lane has DZBLs, too, and the road does have a section with a median preventing cars from being able to pass a cyclist riding outside the door zone… but it isn’t like that the whole way).
The green highlight is my commute. It’s 3.2 miles and almost entirely residential roads. The short distance makes it possible to wear work clothes (this won’t be the case in summer, but fall, winter & spring it’s perfect). The only busy area is Orange Ave. and S. Ivanhoe. Navigating the interchange at S. Ivanhoe is not much fun (FDOT deserves a lawsuit for the condition of the pavement there), but I’ll write more about that in another post.
The blue highlights are thrown in for fun. They show quiet street routes leading to downtown Winter Park and East Winter Park. And, you can see there are infinite ways to get to downtown Orlando, too.
This is a fun new experience for me. It’s the first time I’ve lived in such a dense neighborhood with easy access to, well, everything. I grew up in rural Pennsylvania, miles from anything. Since moving to Florida, aside from a summer in downtown St. Augustine and one semester of living in the Langford Hotel, I have lived in Goldenrod or the Maitland/Casselberry area. I’ve been wanting to move down into the core for a while, so when the opportunity presented itself at the end of March, I jumped on it.
One of the coolest things about moving here has been seeing so many other bicyclists. The advantage of proximity to everything and so many easy street options is clearly what drives mode share. I cannot go out without seeing several other cyclists on the road and at the stores. The other day, I saw a couple on a comfort tandem with panniers at Target. There are always bikes at the Baldwin Park Publix, as well as the Shine Ave. Publix (which is about the same distance in the opposite direction). I see cyclists on my street almost every trip. I’ve even seen people I know a few times—including Andrewp. Aside from the gratuitous nuisance lanes in Baldwin Park, these streets have no special facilities. What creates this abundance of bicyclists is the proximity to destinations and variety of low-volume streets. Likewise, I belive impediments to higher mode share in this urban core have little to do with infrastructure and everything to do with social structure.