How my Fitbit has changed my CTA habits

My Fitbit knows that I have been a member since Nov. 4, 2011.

It knows that I have taken  17,400,869 steps since then, or just over 11,000 steps a day – and walked 8,568 miles total.

What it doesn’t know is my daily machinations to try to take some extra steps.

I am such an achiever!

I am such an achiever!

And that includes changing my CTA habits.

Before November 2011, I commuted to work like most people do. I walked to the nearest L station and waited for the train (or bus as your case may be).

But that really changed in the summer of 2012 when the CTA started the Red Line North Modernization project, and closed stations north of Wilson for six weeks of rehab.

When my home station of Morse closed, I walked to either Jarvis or Loyola to board the Red Line south, and then usually exited at Loyola to walk home.

And, oh joy! That change added a total of about 2,500 steps per day.

So when Morse was finished I continued walking in the morning north to Jarvis (easier to get a favorite seat there than at Loyola). And when I got close to my destination of Grand, I decided to exit at Chicago to add another 15 minutes and 2,000 more steps.

Easy peasy! Of course, I had to add time to my commute, but I didn’t mind since I am an early riser.

If I had extra waiting time on the platform, I would walk the length of the platform, sometimes getting looks from fellow riders wondering what the heck I was doing. I also boarded the car that I knew was furthest from the exit at the station where I was headed.

Ok, so maybe I have a touch of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

But I also have 17 million steps in less than four years.



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  • Or,as suggested on Autoline, you could get a bike, use the lakefront bikepath, and NO MO CTA. Especially if we believe that the stretch will be under construction for the next 10 years. But I thought your job was next to the Jarvis station.

  • In reply to jack:

    My current job is close to Jarvis. But in my previous job I made all those habit changes. And I still am getting off the train a stop earlier usually to get more steps.

  • 'Very nice. CTA does it's part for me by bunching buses, almost ensuring that I'll be walking to the L station at least once or twice a week. My favorite Purple Line motorman also does his part by making unnecessary stops between stations, and going through the Wells/Lake junction, which almost inevitably means I'll miss my connecting bus, and have to walk or ride home.

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