Location: Pasadena, CA USA
Started bike commuting: 2009
Commute distance (one way): 16 miles
Describe your commute: My commute is a bit on the long side, but I try to do it two or three times a week. To get to my job in Burbank I ride along the very beautiful Arroyo Boulevard south of the Rose Bowl, then take the road that loops around the stadium up into the San Rafael hills. It’s a bit of a climb, but brief, scenic and quiet. It’s definitely my favorite part of the ride. There’s an overlook with a great view of the San Gabriel valley just before a fun descent down into Glendale. After one more short but steep climb I take mostly quiet residential streets across north Glendale before heading south on busy Sonora Avenue into Burbank. Sonora becomes Riverside Drive which has a great bike lane that leads right to work. For all the urban density in Los Angeles I’m happy to have found a route with comparatively little traffic that’s also fairly scenic. The smell of the chaparral up in the hills is pretty heady.
Describe your bike and accessories: 2011 Trek 520 with the stock 32mm Bontrager Hard Case tires, a Brooks B-17 saddle, Shimano PD-M324 pedals, Cateye Double Wireless Strada computer, Nite Rider MiNewt Cordless lamp, Planet Bike Superflash, Jandd expandable rack top bag.
What bit of advice would you like to share with new bike commuters?: I’m sure this point has been made by others, but it’s important to always assume drivers have no idea you’re there. I’ve fortunately haven’t had any problems, but that may be because I’m very cautious, always use my lights, and make a point to signal when cars are around.