Thursday, January 15, 2009

Sub Zero

We had our first sub-zero day of the winter season today, at least as far as Johnson County and Downtown KCMO are concerned. The bus we use has two doors -- one fore and one aft. This is a source of many air leaks. In the summer, it's hard to keep this bus cool. In the winter, ice sometimes forms by the back door. When it's below zero, you can see your breath on the bus, it's remarkably chilly.

I took this heart- leg-warming picture this morning on the way to work.

Fortunately, I was more prepared today than I was yesterday. Having ridden through -1°F air to get to the bus stop, I was quite comfy sitting among my chilly, under-dressed peers.


Scott Redd said...

I rode in this morning (-15!) in Omaha and used four Hot Hand warming packs in my glove liners and socks.

This afternoon I took the bus home since I needed to run an errand. Since I didn't really need the still-warm Hot Hands packs, I gave them to folks sitting around me.

That, combined with my hi-viz yellow jacket got people's interest up about cycling to work. I ran with it and told them all about how much fun it was, and how much money cycling to work is. All this on the coldest day of year, to boot!

Anonymous said...

Hi Noah. This may be a stupid question, but...don't your buses have heaters? Here, even at -40 degrees, you can't see people's breaths while in the buses because the heaters are on. Just wondering.

Noah said...

The buses with a fore and aft doorway have heaters like all the other buses, but they leak so much air out the back door that the people stuck in the back of the bus do get really chilly.

That, and a lot of these buses are really old.

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