On my first day of work in Atlanta, this is the Creative Loafing I saw all around Ansley; I was very pleased. In the month that's followed, I've seen a number of cyclists--mostly men, mostly riding on the sidewalk--as I pass by on the bus. That's right, I said the bus. Unfortunately, my experience of cycling in Atlanta has been restricted to observing other cyclists. Perhaps there are morning people who could get up at 5 AM (or later-- since they're morning people and probably wake up with the energy to shower, dress, and eat breakfast faster than me) and ride leisurely to the Park-n-Ride in time to catch the 6:30 AM bus, but I am not one of those people.
I'm also hesitant to hoist my bike onto the bike rack in my nice office attire. I don't have any assurance that I could change into my office attire later, even though I get to work about fifteen minutes early everyday, because the office isn't always opened early enough for me to change clothes in the bathroom that is absolutely not purposed for such a thing in the first place. Still, I have often wished that I had a folding bike--it would be easy for me to carry it in the truck to the Park-n-Ride and stow it on the bus in the seat next to me. (It seems everybody has any empty seat next to them which really makes no sense when think about how stressful driving in Atlanta morning traffic can be).
I must be complimentary about Cobb Community Transit; the bus drivers do all in their power to be on time and are very professional. My wishes for a folding bike are due primarily to the lateness or absence of the MARTA buses. My office isn't that far from the MARTA station where I catch the CCT bus so I could avoid the anxiety of waiting on a late MARTA bus that gets me to the station just in the nick of time to get the CCT bus. Because of budget shortfalls, neither system has buses running very often on the routes that I take. If I miss one or if one is really late, I am seriously screwed. A folding bike would offer me piece of mind in that regard. So would moving to the city, but that goal must be delayed. My job isn't as steady as I thought it was going to be so I can't move yet.
I hope that I can get into the city and set up digs some time next month. I would hate to miss the Seersucker Social!