I ride up and down Lincoln Avenue every day, and I think for the most part it's a fantastic route for commuting. Mostly it has nice wide bike lanes, the drivers aren't going 50+ mph, people are used to seeing bikes so they're mostly watching out for you, etc.
But in the winter, during my morning commute, I'm riding right at the sun. I start up north of Foster, and for a while it's not too bad. From Lawrence down to Belmont, the sun is off to your left, and the buildings break up the glare some. But once you get south of Belmont, bam, the sun is pretty much straight ahead of you.
Worse, this morning I couldn't even avoid the glare by concentrating on the road surface ahead of me because the wet road was reflecting the glare right back up into my eyes. I spent my commute squinting and wondering when I was going to run into something because I didn't see it until it was 10 feet ahead of me.
Now most of you are probably clever enough to wear sunglasses or some other type of glare shielding device. Good for you. Every once in a while I'll pick up a cheapass pair of shades at a dollar store, but I quickly lose them or have them stolen by one of my kids and I'm out of luck again.
Now we can't move Lincoln Avenue and we sure as hell can't move the sun, and I can't stop working or change my schedule while this is a problem. Not riding is not an option; winter biking is way too much fun for any number of reasons. There's nothing to be done about it (other than buying more sunglasses, ok, I get it), I'm just venting a little bit.