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on Dec 8, 2007
As more and more employers move to the areas east of Hwy 101 and west of Hwy 280, we must provide safe and convenient ways for employees to reach their jobs without using cars. Global warming is a real problem. Gas prices are soaring. Public transit is very poor in Silicon Valley outside of the Caltrain and El Camino corridor. The freeway interchanges are deadly for bicyclists and pedestrians. Trails like these are fantastic alternatives. Please build more!
This sounds great and I'd like to try it someday, but I wonder, how do you feel arriving at the office hot and sweaty and then having to spend the whole day at work like that? Isn't it rather unpleasant? Are you able to concentrate on your job like that? How about if you have to have a big meeting with suits?
If you don't ride hard enough to break a sweat, then it isn't a problem. If you do ride hard, then your employer may have shower facilites, or you can freshen up without a shower. Any FAQ on cycle commuting should have more info.
Riding your bike to work is over-rated. Usually its the bicycle enthusiasts that are "into" it. The trail is narrow, at night it is dark. There are plenty of ambush places where women can get assaulted. It is by no means a panacea to anything.
It is fun to ride the trail on a weekend, or for a nice outing and see nature. Other than that it makes no sense to spend this kind of money to "combat global warming" by making a pretty trail available to the small population of bicycle enthusiasts so they can ride from their milliion dollar homes on their $3,000 bikes wearing their $300 bicycle clothes to their $120K to $200K jobs. Let them ride the streets like everybody else.
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