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A little over three months ago, I started a new commute to Fort Worth Alliance Airport. I've been improving the route since I started. I thought I'd pretty much gotten things down. But, partly due to comments on this blog, and an experience on Bear Creek this morning, I evolved an improvement on the "going home" route.
I've never liked FM 1709 very much. It's six lanes wide and has heavy traffic. I often have to wait for a long time just to cross it. PIA street.
HOWEVER, I've not been thrilled with Bear Creek Parkway either. It's a two-lane, double yellow line street with a wide shoulder AND a MUP in clear view of all the motorists. There're lots of joggers and dogs and such on the MUP most days, and the MUP wanders rather than taking a straight route. I tried to ride it - once - when I was testing the route. It's strictly recreational.
Anyway, to make a long story short, suddenly the electrons connected today, and I realized that the same traffic light that made me wait at Cindy Lane (to cross 1709) would protect me if I instead turned left and rode along 1709 to a road that pretty much completely bypassed Bear Creek without any stop signs at all. KOWABUNGA! EPIPHANY! WHAT TOOK ME SO LONG?
I told the guys at work that I'd try it and they could sympathize with my widow if I got squished by the 1709 Grand Prix. Real anticlimax. The drama was that I got slowed by the 1709 motorists waiting at the stoplight where I wanted to turn. No roadkill danger, not even a single pass. Not even two lanes over. I'm not sure I couldn't have crawled there. And I not only missed all the stop signs, but I don't have to deal with any of the wide shoulder/MUP baloney along Bear Creek.
Sometimes, simple (and, after the fact, obvious) improvements elude us. The guys at work will feel cheated once again unless I decide to take the day off tomorrow...