For my entire career, I’ve lived and worked in York Region. Sure, it’s not the easiest place to get around by bike or transit but I’ve made it work. I’ve come to know several decent bicycle routes and have built up a familiarity with the potholes, bad sewer grates and the flow of traffic during rush hour.
This is all to change. My York Region office is closing down in an effort to manage overhead costs, and the employees will be distributed to other GTA offices. It looks like I’ve drawn downtown Toronto. This isn’t all bad, as a) I’ve still got a job, and b) there are more transit choices available.
From a bikey perspective, this means that I’ll probably be riding a lot less. Some 80-90% of my time on the bike is commuting. I may be able to ride to a GO station (2.5 km, seems hardly worth it!) or a subway stop (~14 km). The latter is about the length of my current commute, all in and then I would need to add another 30-40 min on top of that. I’m not sure I can find that kind of time. I guess it’s good to have options!