Sand Canyon Road, the steep, winding road that connects Yucaipa with Mentone and Redlands, is a favorite ride for local cyclists. For Omnitrans rider and multi-modal commuter John Sciniasil of Yucaipa, it’s just the second stop in his daily commute.
Each morning just as the sun rises, John begins his commute on his foldable bike which is small enough to fit under a train or bus seat! And even though he combines different modes of ridesharing, like carpooling or catching the bus, he always has a bicycle with him. “Some days I catch a ride with a friend to work,” said John, “But on the way home I ride my bike.”
On the day we talked, John was riding Omnitrans and using a Dahon bike, one of five foldable bikes he owns. Although it folds down, John takes advantage of the 3-bike capacity rack at the front of the bus.
“In New York City, you see a lot of these kinds of bikes,” said John. “Here, it’s more rare.”
His favorite Omnitrans route is typically Route 19, where he disembarks at Wabash and Sand Canyon, and sails on into east Redlands to begin his day with the Water Department.
“It’s smooth sailing going in,“ said John. “But I really like the challenge of going up the hill to go home, believe it or not.”
But last week, John decided to give the new Freeway Express Route 208 a try. The fact that the express route reduces travel time overall compared to a car is appealing to him, and allows him even more commute options in the future. Route 208’s stop at the Redlands Mall is only 1.7 miles from the building he works in, which he says will be great.
John’s romance with bicycle commuting began two years ago during California Rideshare Week. He decided to try carpooling, as well as the bus. Incorporating his love of bicycles seemed to be a natural fit.
“It’s a bit of a climb depending upon which road I take, but I enjoy that kind of workout,” said John.
Well, you know what they say, ‘No Hill for a Climber!’ Happy travels to you, John.