The other day I did something crazy. I walked to work. Nothing against biking (though I kind of get out of the habit during all the snow), but I thought I'd walk.
I'm not about to start a blog called Astoria Walk, but let you tell you something: Walking ain't bad. This was a five-mile walk. I went through Roosevelt Island (36th Ave, by the way) and took the new tram (which I guess makes it more like a 4.5 mile walk). And going through Roosevelt Island is nicer than Queensplaza. And the tram is nicer than the long bridge (especially with all those kids on bikes just whizzing by!). Then I crossed Manhattan.
It took 90 minutes at a brisk pace. My legs are sore (which they never are from biking). But here's the sad part: when I take the subway, the trip takes 30 minutes. That means the subway trip's average speed is only about 10mph. I've already accepted that the subway is no faster than biking. But somehow it seems worse (for the subway) that walking only takes three times as long. That is crazy.