Today was my first day of cycling to work. New house + new office = new commuting opportunities.
I rode my bike every day to law school down Nicholasville Road in Lexington, so I'm accustomed to riding in traffic. But, I have found Louisville to be uniquely unfriendly to cyclists. On-street parking makes the possibility of getting doored everpresent and there are no protected bicycle lanes. If Louisville is going to grow into the Possibility City it aspires to be, we have to do a better job accommodating cyclists.
The tragedy here is that Louisville would make a GREAT cycling city if it invested in bicycling infrastructure. The river, the views, the neighborhoods, the usually-gentle weather, and the relatively flat terrain all make Louisville perfect for cyclists.
It took me 20 minutes and 45 seconds door-to-door (my route). I could have ridden faster, but cycling to work is a delicate balance of a number of factors: a) reducing your time in the seat while b) regulating body temperature so your officemates don't vote you and your B.O. off the office island and c) being safe.
Speaking of being safe, I want to take a moment to rant about cyclists and motorists. Riding into work, I thought, "Maybe I should get a big patch made for my bag that says,
I'm a lawyer and I sue reckless drivers.
I wondered if that might give me a modicum of added protection against abuse by motorists. At the same time, I have seen some dumb, dumb, dumb cyclists in Louisville recently. Last Saturday, one woman was just riding at her leisure down the center of Frankfort Avenue heading north. In my car, I pulled up beside her and said, "'Share the road' goes both ways, you know." I'm not normally a dick, but that was a real dick move on her part. Obnoxious cyclists alienate drivers and make them more likely in the future to not respect cyclists. In a way, I felt like saying that to her was an act of self-protection. Listen: whether you're a cyclist or a driver, just don't be a dick.
Having stated that rather obvious truth, if you are a cyclist that has been injured by the negligence or recklessness of a driver in Kentucky, contact me. Unfortunately, Kentucky is not a very bicycle-friendly state and you do not have the same rights and protections here as in other places. You still have the right to file a lawsuit and make the driver pay for his or her negligence or recklessness. Let me help you do just that.