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Offline Tourista829

Re: commuting by bike
« Reply #45 on: July 28, 2010, 10:59:55 pm »
I have a 19 mile commute each way. The last 4 miles being treacherous and not for the faint of heart. Tampa is not Portland. I saw the aftermath of a cyclist, on my route, in an ambulance, with internal injuries and broken collar bone. I am lucky, in the complex, where I work, there is a health club. I only want to use the shower, but they want a full club membership, they are not partial to cyclist. The other problem is, it is not safe to leave a good bike locked up outside. So I take my folding bike and store it under my desk. Since Friday is casual day, I currently commute, one day a week. If my schedule changes, I may commute a second day.

Offline ugdurcorp

Re: commuting by bike
« Reply #46 on: May 02, 2012, 09:41:31 pm »
I bike from manhattan to Astoria everyday and love biking through queensboro bridge..

Offline solsrch

Re: commuting by bike
« Reply #47 on: May 03, 2012, 06:44:27 am »
I've been commuting by bike 2-3x per week from Mount Vernon up to DC (Foggy Bottom) - just over 16 miles one way.  I'll use studded tires in the winter to deal with ice and light snow.  Once the temps hit the low teens, I jump in my Jeep but that doesn't happen much around here.  In the past I've commuted in Monterey, CA, Newport, RI, San Diego, CA (my favorite) and outside Manama, Bahrain.  I tend to go through stretches where I bike and then periods when I drive depending on what is happening in my life.  The bikes and cars change, but so far, I still come back to my bike eventually.  Getting ready to retire from the Navy and hoping to find a job that allows me to keep up this great way to get in some regular miles, reduce stress, and reduce my environmental impact.

Offline Wuwei

Re: commuting by bike
« Reply #48 on: May 09, 2012, 08:06:23 pm »
I bike from Seattle to Mercer Island every day. It's about a 15-mile round trip and when the sun is shining, crossing the I-90 bridge on the bike lane is glorious. On the way home it's always fun to pass all the cars that are moving at a snail's pace.

Offline LawDog

Re: commuting by bike
« Reply #49 on: May 21, 2012, 07:31:09 pm »
My commute is just over one mile. So I really don't need a bike at all--I could just walk it. But biking is more fun. I'm in Alaska, so the season impacts my riding pattern. Through summer, I bike just about everywhere. A couple of times a month, I'll start the truck up to take long trips. Otherwise, everything I need is in town. In winter, I put on the studs and manage to ride 3 or 4 days a week. Some days I wuss out, though, and opt for a nice heated truck. There are 2 or 3 weeks on each end of winter when I basically stop riding. When things are freezing up and when things are melting, it gets way too slippery and dangerous. I'm not that worried about falling down. I just don't want to get run over because a driver couldn't stop his car.

I commute by bike because it is fun. I don't do it to save money. I don't do it to save trees. I just like riding my bike.

Offline Trekgeek

Re: commuting by bike
« Reply #50 on: July 26, 2012, 03:59:24 pm »
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.

Offline DeanBean440

Re: commuting by bike
« Reply #51 on: September 22, 2012, 08:17:28 pm »
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!

Offline Folding Bike Fan

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Re: commuting by bike
« Reply #52 on: June 15, 2016, 01:35:03 am »
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

Offline StringBean

Re: commuting by bike
« Reply #53 on: June 15, 2016, 09:07:07 pm »
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.

Offline canalligators

Re: commuting by bike
« Reply #54 on: July 21, 2016, 12:02:24 pm »
... 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

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.

Offline Mickey...

Re: commuting by bike
« Reply #55 on: July 21, 2016, 05:17:01 pm »
I ride to work every day too, but is not long distance... only 3km from house to work..

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