19 December 2007

A great shortcut

Posted by todd under: Riding in the Bluegrass .

Sometimes, a single shortcut can take all the work out of getting to work.

By the most obvious route, my commute would go down Nicholasville Road, a five-lane road that’s one of the busiest in Lexington. But one day, a fellow rider showed me a great shortcut. I cut behind Central Baptist Hospital, cross a footbridge, and presto — Nicholasville Road is out of the picture. I can then cut through the University of Kentucky campus to get where I’m going.

This is also a great route to get from downtown to south Lexington.

Here’s a map of the route:

Route behind Central Baptist

The broad road to destruction that runs from top to bottom on the left is Nicholasville Road. The road intersecting it on the left is Rosemont Garden. The big building is a parking garage at Central Baptist. McDonald Avenue runs right past the hospital’s emergency room entrance. You go in front of a modular building (at the top right of the map), and then you cross the footbridge.

The road running from top to bottom at the right is Shawneetown Drive — it’s a quiet street running past some student housing.

Cross over Alumni Drive, go past the football stadium, cross over Cooper Drive, and you’re in the middle of campus.

Reverse this route to get from downtown to south Lexington.

Here is a wider view:

Central Baptist shortcut, wider view

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Yes, that's me, Todd Van Campen. No, I'm not wearing a helmet. Yes, I usually wear one, so please don't scold! Seriously, I endorse wearing a helmet! Pinky swear! In fact, I almost ALWAYS wear one (while riding a bike anyway). (On the other hand, if YOU don't want to wear a helmet, I have no problem with it.) I don't remember what happened on this particular day. Fortunately for all of us it makes for a less-nerdly picture. My exceptionally talented professional photographer friend Charles Bertram took this photo.

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