"And what does that give you?" "OPTIONS!" -- from the movie Miracle
I like having options for getting home. Tonight after work I rode off the hill in the OHSU shuttle again, happy to find there are individual lights above the seats so I could have enough light to read (Lisey's Story, Stephen King), and when I walked up from the South Waterfront to the Ross Island Bridge I decided "why not?" and took the bridge sidewalk. That was part of a good, long walk.
I was the only pedestrian, and no bicyclists rode on that sidewalk during the time I took to cross (I'd catch quick looks backward to make sure no one was coming up behind me). Reminder I was surprised to get: bridges can be lonely places; the only people near you are passing at 40 miles per hour. I almost shuddered at that thought.