This is a guest post by Monica Russo, media specialist in the Press Office.
Kiril Kundurazieff steps off a bus at METRO's West Loop Transit Center, sporting a bright yellow cycling jersey. He's hard to miss, but that's exactly the point. Imprinted on his back in big, bold letters are the words, "3 FEET PLEASE," a reminder to share the road with him.
As he unloads his bicycle from the bus' bike rack, Kundurazieff proudly says he's never owned a car.
"I've relied on public transportation and my bike to get around my whole life. Growing up in southern California, I would take 30, 40, 50 and 60-mile bike rides, and I would use the bus to get me to my starting and ending points," he said.
Kundurazieff, who also goes by the moniker, "The Cycling Dude," moved to Houston in September 2012. He uses a variety of transportation options, including cycling, walking and public transit to get him from home to work and back.
In a city that was designed for cars, commuting by bike can have its challenges. "As a cyclist, you really do have to be careful and on-guard at all times. Often, drivers are oblivious to you," he says. "It's one reason why I really enjoy riding trails. I also enjoy nature."
One of those trails is the Brays Bayou Hike & Bike Trail, which begins near Braeburn Glen Park in Southwest Houston and meanders through the city, ending on the east side of town.
Kundurazieff credits METRO's revamp of its bus network in 2015 for making his commute easier. "The old system was especially tough for late-night and weekend transit users. I work nights and, although I'd like to see even later service, the new system gives me better frequency and later trips that it did before," he says.
Kundurazieff says it's great to see a citywide effort to better accommodate people who get around by other methods of transportation.
"I was really excited when I heard the Houston Bike Plan had passed,' he said. "Multi-use trails do abound, but I'd like to see more options where cyclists can safely share the road with motorists. I look forward to seeing what the future holds."
Want to learn more about Houston's Bayou Greenway Trails? Click here to see the Houston Parks Board's new interactive map. Remember, METRO can get you there. Bikes are always welcome on METRO buses and rail.
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