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Trekgeek:
I have been commuting to work via train and bicycle since March of this year. I ride 2 miles from my home to the VRE (Virginia Railway Express), ride about 40-45 minutes on the train and then get off and ride 7 miles to work. It is working out very well and averages 2 hours door to door including a shower before starting work. I wasn't going to take this new job unless I could stay off I-95 and so far this is great. I average about 100 miles a week riding 5 days as I have time to add a couple of miles going back to the train in the evening. Wx will not be an issue for me as staying off the interstate is a much bigger motivator to ride every day.
I commute using a 2012 Trek 520 with Planet Bike Hybred fenders, Ortleib rear panniers and a Topeak Rack bag.

DeanBean440:
Hello Everyone,
I'm a Student in Industrial Design at the Columbus college of Art and Design. Right now I am working on a senior thesis involving public bicycle parking. Below is a survey that I would love if anybody would fill out. Very interested in feedback, Thanks Everyone!

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/F6JQ3Z9

Folding Bike Fan:
I ride most days mostly due to budget constraints :( I don't normally mind though except for the dead of winter.

I've got a sweet Brompton bike so if it buckets down during the day i always have the option of using public transport, i reckon i save around $50 - $60 a week on transport plus if take into account the exercise i get as well then i really don't mins. Takes me a total of 35 minutes door to door which isn't too bad

StringBean:
I live in Washington, DC and walk 30 minutes to work. In a pinch, I'll commute by bike - which gets me there in 10-15 min.

canalligators:

--- Quote from: Folding Bike Fan on June 15, 2016, 01:35:03 am ---... i reckon i save around $50 - $60 a week on transport plus if take into account the exercise i get as well then i really don't mins. Takes me a total of 35 minutes door to door which isn't too bad

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I've looked at my savings more than once.  It's very dependent on your situation, but I would make a generalization: Unless you can avoid owning a car (first or second), you're not going to save a lot of money.  Fixed car expenses such as insurance, basic maintenance and car payments can't be avoided.  Although smaller, there are fixed and per-mile costs with the bike too.

The other aspect of commuting by bike is the hassle factor.  Frankly, it's time consuming and a pain in the neck to commute to work.  I make it work because it's my chosen exercise and I love to ride, but there are days when I just say "forget it" and drive.

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