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jamiep
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Default  Posted: 12:25 PM, August 18th (Sunday)

I recently moved to a townhouse that is literally right behind my job. Its about a football field in distance. The problem is, the area between my house and my office is a fenced wooded area. It IS possible to walk through. But not really feasible to do in a suit/skirt/etc (cant go into the office smelling like off and covered in grass/leaves/dirt... its a short hike, but a hike nonetheless... and fine to take my dog through, but not an option to take to work.)

To get there driving it's 3/4 of a mile (going several blocks around). Which I'd also be fine walking, but its a high traffic area, with no sidewalk (and in some places no grassy area off the road even).

I live in a formerly rural area in the south, and there is a lot of construction going on near my home and job. so hopefully in a year or two there will be sidewalks.

But right now its really hard on my car. I get like 35mpg, but its not a hybrid, and its killing my battery (every where I go is within a few blocks from home, but no pedestrian paths whatsoever).

I open the office (an hour or two before anyone else is there), so riding with someone isn't an option. and biking (again in a suit or skirt) or even taking a golf cart will not work because of the congestion on the streets. the campus/downtown area where i live (which is about 6 miles from where i am) is the only place that is suitable for bikes and pedestrians. I live near the interstate/mall/restaurants/etc.

I love being this close to my job. but i need some suggestions....


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Sad in AZ
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Default  Posted: 12:38 PM, August 18th (Sunday)

Wear your hiking clothes and carry your work outfit in a backpack? Leave several changes of clothes at the office? Get a scooter?

Just throwing things out there...


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movingforward777
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Default  Posted: 12:42 PM, August 18th (Sunday)

Since you get there ahead of everyone else wear your track suit, walk to work and change once there. You could drive the car around once a week with several outfits and leave them at work so you don't have to carry them to work.
As for your car...get out for a nice long drive on the weekends and charge up the battery...explore the area, go to a local beach/park, or just hit the highway and drive a good distance with some great tunes on!
I wish I could "walk to work", between gas and parking fees it's expensive...be glad you can cut costs....HUGS


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Clarrissa
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Default  Posted: 12:45 PM, August 18th (Sunday)

My suggestion is along the lines of Sad's - wear "hiking" clothes in then change to your work clothes. Since you get there long before anyone else, I don't see an issue with this (unless you take like 3 hours to get ready...). There are a few women where I work that do something like this. They'll wear flip flops or something to work then change to shoes before the shift starts.

[This message edited by Clarrissa at 12:47 PM, August 18th (Sunday)]


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purplejacket4
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Default  Posted: 1:01 PM, August 18th (Sunday)

Vespa?


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heartbroken_kk
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Default  Posted: 1:17 PM, August 18th (Sunday)

Bicycling might not be as bad as you think. Look into a bicycling safety class that will teach you how to "drive" your bike safely. http://www.bikeleague.org/content/rules-road-0

It's such a short distance that you won't even break a sweat and you can wear your work clothes. This lady dresses in style and rides everywhere... http://ladyfleur.wordpress.com/

Personally I think if there are no sidewalks you are safer on a bike occupying a lane like a car, than walking on the shoulder.

You may find walking through the wooded area can be done in your work clothes with just a change of shoes. If there is a pathway but branches are encroaching on it you can always take a pair of clippers down it on a weekend day and open the path up so you don't touch the vegetation when you walk.


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