The residential streets I wove my way north through were mostly quiet. It was relatively easy to use my directional guiles and just sort of meander. It also helped once I realized that the clearest sign the local road I was riding was going in a worthwhile direction were the traffic calming measures used to slow vehicles down. Yes, even local roads get their fair share of motor vehicles. During weekday commute times, one wonders how cycling-idyllic these small roads might be. Ha! Cycidyllic. Cyclidyllic. Bicidyllic. All brand new words. Look at that. Put it on sticky-backed vinyl and slap it on your bumper.
Artery [ahr-tuh-ree] noun
1. a blood vessel that conveys blood from the heart to any part of the body.
2. a main channel or highway, especially of a connected system with many branches
For arterial roads, they collect local traffic and direct it toward highways and expressways. But the inverse is also true. If you're heading home, arterials bring you from highways to the local. And if the analogy holds, one might wonder where the heart is. Individually, we might insist the heart is in the home, as oft the needlepoint saying goes; collectively, we must acknowledge we are mere parts of the whole, catering to the pulse of our cultural entrapments. We are but tips of fingers; we are pinky toes.
On MLive.com's Facebook page linking to an October 31st article remembering Michael, another not so subtle reminder can be found. Roads are for cars, as the refrain goes, and bikes should be on the sidewalk. Another nudge. Get off the road.
The same dilemma happens on Packard, when one wishes to travel east and west, from home to the local grocery store. True there is an end-around, but it doubles the travel time and is impassable when snow is on the ground. It also requires sidewalk riding and two dangerous crossings, if one were to stick to the map.
Darcy Moran, "Bicyclist killed by hit-and-run driver in Ann Arbor," MLive.com (October 28, 2015). Available at http://www.mlive.com/news/ann-arbor/index.ssf/2015/10/bicyclist_killed_by_hit-and-ru.html
John Counts, "Police identify bicyclist killed by hit-and-run driver in Ann Arbor," MLive.com (October 29, 2015). Available at http://www.mlive.com/news/ann-arbor/index.ssf/2015/10/police_identify_bicyclist_kill.html
John Counts, "Bicyclist killed in Ann Arbor hit-and-run remembered for positive spirit," MLive.com (October 31, 2015). Available at http://www.mlive.com/news/ann-arbor/index.ssf/2015/10/bicyclist_killed_in_hit-and-ru.html
2015 Ann Arbor & Washtenaw County Bike Map. Available at http://www.a2gov.org/departments/systems-planning/Transportation/Documents/2015%20AA%20and%20Washtenaw%20County%20bike%20map.pdf