Photo at Intersection of Cindy and FM1709 from Google Streetview
Map from Google Maps
Part of my commute route, in its current state, takes me along FM1709, also known as Keller Parkway. It's a seven lane road, with fairly heavy, fairly fast traffic. Until a couple of years ago, it was a five lane road, with heavy traffic that backed up a lot more. Anyway, I ride along FM1709, usually between Anita and Cindy, both morning and afternoon. In the afternoon, it's daylight, and the light timing makes it a pretty simple jog from Cindy to Anita where I turn right. I'm rarely overtaken by more than a couple of cars because the rest are held for me by the light at Cindy. In the morning, it's a whole different experience. This time of year, it's right about dawn, with the car lights all turned on. What's more, the light timing is erratic, meaning sometimes I've got a simple run and sometimes a large wave of racing traffic catches up to me before I make my right.
It's really true that what's behind you is not important, but, lately, I occasionally look back after I turn on to Cindy. I can see why people get nervous about traffic. It seems like solid cars back there, all travelling at about 45mph or so. My advice: "don't look back."
Morning Route Shown. Afternoon is Reverse