I still haven't heard from the bus company regarding the bike fees. Those fees increase on June 19th, and if there is no relief from the bus company, I will return to driving my car to the mall and riding from there. I would rather bus commute, but paying double for that privledge is stupid.
The daily ride is up to around 30 miles. A couple of options either add or subtract a little bit. If I am really in a rush, I can take a direct route to the Galleria Mall where I catch the bus home. That takes me on the very busy rt140/rt24 junction where traffic is very heavy and fast. I have to ride one exit on the 65mph section of 140 and try to maneuver my way to the mall exit ramp by jockeying between vehicles entering the highway. It's pretty nerve wracking to say the least.
There is a small section of Rt140 I have to ride. It is the safest, or to say it better, the least dangerous, route to the mall.
Notice the shrinking bike lane
I did find a better route through the city that takes me over a couple of very worn side streets and through a crazy little tunnel.
Lots of potholes on this shorcut
No fighting traffic on this road
This tunnel is a shortcut avoiding the heavy downtown commuter traffic