Since we have moved to our new house at the other end of town, my ride to campus is a bit different. In some ways I don’t like it as much as my old route because it is next to Broadway for most of the way. Broadway is a very busy street, it’s noisy and unpleasant. My old route did go for a short while on a busy street, but most of the time it was on roads in quiet neighborhoods or on bike paths.
Note that I wrote “next to Broadway” above. In fact, my new route is almost entirely on grade-separated bike paths/sidewalks (it’s legal here for adults to ride on sidewalks some places) or frontage roads next to Broadway, and I actually never ride on Broadway. The big bonus on my new route is that the views are far superior. Above is a photo of the view looking over NIST towards the fog-enshrouded Flatirons. They are not often covered in clouds like this, but it had rained heavily the day before and the air was still humid. Also note that the grass in the foreground is brown. Before our heavy rains we had two weeks of record-setting heat. It’s been a feast or famine summer in Boulder.