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Bike ride incentives

When I go for a road ride, I tend to pick one of the same few routes over and over again: out to Seward Park and back; out to Mercer Island and around; around the lake, etc. I've been trying to think of a way to break out of the repetition and give myself an incentive to ride more and see more of the city by setting some kooky target.

When I first thought of this, I think it was in response to hearing about a retired Boeing engineer who was working on something like taking a picture of every street block in the city, so my first idea was to work on riding every single block in the city. That makes for an interesting planning problem, but it seems pretty tedious to execute.

So far, the best idea I've come up with is to visit each of the official Seattle parks. There are dozens of them (about 400 according to that page), making for a non-trivial target that will take a few rides to cover. They're spread all over the city, making for exposure to a lot of neighborhoods. There's a handy printed map.

Stay tuned for park visit updates... assuming we get more nice days

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optic
Dec. 10th, 2008 07:04 pm (UTC)
you should develop an efficient algorithm for computing the optimal path to visit them all.. wouldn't that be handy?
maarten
Dec. 10th, 2008 09:35 pm (UTC)
Yes, if I found an *efficient* algorithm, that'd be VERY handy. :)
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