Over the River in Rollerblades

1199293228Exercise is good. It releases all kinds of endorphins, keeps us skinny, and will help us live to a ripe old age (we hope). While we get our workouts at the gym most of the year, it looks like we may have a new outdoor alternative during the warmer months.

The Charles River Conservancy has proposed closing the westbound side of Storrow Drive on Sundays during the spring and summer months.

The initiative is inspired by the 30-year-old tradition of closing Memorial Drive to traffic during the summer months, and will be limited to only a five-mile stretch from the Longfellow Bridge to the area near Harvard Stadium. City officials and the Charles River Conservancy are cautiously optimistic the logistics can be worked out and that we can all bike and rollerblade to our hearts content.

There’s only one problem we can see.

[T]he Sunday closures would take place from April to November from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m., when traffic is typically light.

And why is traffic typically light? Because it’s the crack of dawn on a Sunday and nobody wants to get up that early.

We love outdoor activities, but we also love a leisurely breakfast while sifting through the Sunday paper. We’ll stick with crossing the river to Mem Drive, which is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., thanks.