My fond affinity with tunnels is no secret. I’m not a big fan of the bicycle/pedestrian structure in the city per se, but this one specifically is **so** noisy, every time I have walked it, I feel like I vehicle car rave party just kicked my head. Riding a bicycle makes that pain happen a little quicker. Anyway.
One of the beauty found in contrast with the big cement walls of the tunnel are these little trees, which were planted not too long ago (in May to be precise).
Most of the times I have biked through the tunnel is either way early/super late in the day, or quiet weekends.
The other day two women were walking on the south side of it, with a senior person in a wheelchair. I got off my bike and started walking behind them at a very slow pace, I was not in a rush +I let them know so. The lady looked at me as if I had said something strange and said “oh, you not wanna pass us? ok thank you, most bikes, always fast.”
I said “not all bikes, see I’m slow, and I have basket.”
She laughed and said “oh basket, good for groceries”
It is unfortunate that this tunnel has not accommodated access for the slow traffic like pedestrians and bicycles and a prime example was the aforementioned. This I’m sure happens all the time when riding up upon upcoming pedestrians. I suppose one ‘can’ ride on the street, but with cars flying down it I have found it quite impossible to even imagine myself in such situation. Most of my peers don’t really ride near it, so not sure if there are many of you out there that ride it on a frequent basis. I do, and yet after so many years it has always felt quite uncomfortable.
For now, let’s turn the negative into a positive picture.
Have you seen the clean on dirt art? I has been going on/off for at least the last 2-3 years.
I almost find the gray color variations of the patches covering the random graffiti, just as beautiful.