...when it's -3° F out.
Today was the first time in about three months that I haven't biked to work, and the reason was the cold. Last week, when it was in the 20s, it was freaky cold on my face even with my balaclava on. So I didn't feel like risking frostbite, and I took the bus. Plus, this kind of cold weather can be killer on your bike. Metal has stress points and they get worse in the extreme cold and heat. You'd hate to snap off your derailleur when a COTA ride costs a buck-fitty.
And that's sort of my point for today. When the weather outside is frightful, COTA is so delightful. All bikers should know how to use COTA, especially since they have the bike racks on them now for cyclists. It's really easy to do if you're not familiar with public transportation (like I wasn't when I moved to town) and letting someone do the driving for you, while not nearly as relaxing and energizing as a nice bike ride, is much better than throwing yourself into the throes of traffic woe.
Here's their new riders' guide. A one-way trip is $1.50, and transfers are free (just be sure to tell the driver you want one before you pay for your trip). A day-pass is $3.50 (if you're doing more than just going to and from work). A monthly pass is $45.00 for the local routes. There are also express routes that make fewer stops and get you to places like downtown quickly, but are a bit more expensive.
And if anyone has questions and wants non-COTA personnel answers, I'm happy to help as much as I can - I took the bus for a couple years since moving to the Clintonville and sporadically before that, so I have some good experience in it. One hint I'll give right away - try to use quarters to pay as much as possible. Not all the bill-readers on the buses work all that great and it's annoying when you're trying to get on the bus and pay, have a whole bunch of people behind you waiting to get on (particularly when it's raining or freezing like today), so just being able to drop a few quarters into the box and be on your way.