Biking to Work: I’m Able to Easily Stop to Take Photos

Andrea made this photo in City Park on 10/08/14

Andrea made this photo in City Park on 10/08/14

It wasn’t until I was asked to write this blog post, around the photo I took on a recent walk to work, that I did some research and found that 30% of Americans live within 5 miles of their work.  It’s a surprising statistic when one takes into consideration that only 3.5% of Americans actually walk or bike to work. I’m one of the lucky ones that falls into both categories.

A little over a year ago I started working for the Human Resources department at City Park.  Part of the draw when I accepted the position was both the Park’s proximity to my apartment as well as the walk’s aesthetic quality. For environmental and financial reasons, I’ve decided to live without a car in New Orleans, and it’s not as difficult as one might imagine. Compared to my native Dallas suburb, it’s a piece of cake, actually I often say that I’d bet good money that I have the most beautiful commute of anyone I know. The low fog on City Park’s open lawns at sunrise - rather common this time of year- is one of the most glorious sights, and I’ve become an inadvertent birder as I casually make note of the differing varieties of waterfowl hanging out on our Little Lake.

Andrea's snazzy bike helmet

Andrea's snazzy bike helmet

For the first year of my City Park employment, I walked the two miles from my home to work, finding it to be a meditative and relaxing start to my morning.  Occasionally I’d even jog to work, as it would no doubt be the only exercise I’d get that day. I’ve not only been quite fond of walking, but also I’ve been (maybe irrationally) afraid of riding my bike in traffic. Getting hit by a car while riding a bike has long been one of my biggest fears. I first rode my bike to work last spring when a handful of City Park employees committed to riding to work for NOLA Bike To Work Day. It was then that I realized that with a little practice, a snazzy helmet, and some bike lights, riding to work would be a much more efficient way to commute.  Instead of walking 40 minutes to work, it now takes me only 15 minutes to get to work on my bike. It’s much better on my joints than jogging. I’ve come to find, biking is nearly as meditative as walking and it’s easy to stop and take pictures of the most beautiful sunrises this side of the Mississippi.

Some of the CP staff on NOLA Bike To WOrk Day 2014

Some of the CP staff on NOLA Bike To WOrk Day 2014

I hope you enjoy the photo I took.

Written by:

Andrea Portales

Human Resources Assistant, New Orleans City Park

(504)483-9373 / aportales@nocp.org