Car-less in the Corridor Day 1: Pack the rain gear

Car-less in the Corridor Day 1: Pack the rain gear

Editor’s note: Here’s a re-cap of day one without a car. TheGazette.com is also posting a map and multimedia from the journey. If you are bike commuting this week, during Bike to Work Week, use #BikeWeekIowa to Tweet your experiences.  It’s about 2.5-3 miles one-way from home on the east side of Iowa City to The Gazette/KCRG newsroom in downtown Iowa City, depending on my route. The quickest way is down Court Street and Burlington but it is also the busiest. Those streets also have some nasty potholes. The side roads are much better for commuting, so I changed course 2/3 the way to work and kept to backroads for the ride home. Road conditions aren’t great, but it’s much more relaxing without the cars. 30th Century Bikes in Iowa City was hosting a bike commuter breakfast, which I stopped at for coffee on the way to work. A student on the way to class, a couple people working downtown and a few leisure cyclists were also there.  The rainy forecast today lead me to pack some extra gear, including rain coat and rain pants. They proved necessary for the ride home at the tail end of the afternoon thunderstorm. I considered hopping on the city bus, which drops off close to home, but the rain was letting up by that point and I didn’t want to waste an opportunity to test my rain gear. The sky got really dark, but thankfully a blinky light was stashed in the bottom of my pannier, which I threw on my tail for the ride home to help cars see me. Aside…