A friend in Des Moines recently shared with me his enviable commute to work. He bikes daily, and often chooses this scenic route over a more direct path:
The difference? From the front door of his house, the scenic route is five miles and the direct one is three. Seems a small trade for a car-free path from home to office that leads you along streams, stables, parks and fields!
Des Moines has an extensive network of downtown bike trails, and Iowa leads the country in Rail to Trail initiatives, which convert old rail lines to new bike trails. Brent's commute is just one example of the tremendous positive impact such trails can have on day-to-day life.
What is your route from home to work? Do you take the scenic route?
Images: Brent Jackson. (thanks, Brent!)