Originally Posted by DeafLamb
1. Why do you commute by bicycle?
- It's my primary form of exercise.
- It's more fun than driving.
- It's cheaper than driving.
2. How many miles a week do you commute?
70-120, depending on the routes I take and the errands I run. Another 50 recreationally on the weekends.
3. What are some ways bicycle commuting has impacted your life?
- Lost weight (30#) and waist sizes (from 42 to 34). Much better health.
- More energy at work
- More in touch with nature, neighborhood by not being in a steel box
- Less expense
4. What do you do in bad weather?
Ride! I like playing in puddles. I change clothes when I get to work anyway. I live in SoCal, so the weather is never that bad anyway. But sometimes I envy those in colder climes - I like a challenge.
5. How are you treated my motorists?
Not badly, with the occasional idiot. Big improvement when I started to follow VC guidelines for lane positioning and traffic negotiation.
Basically the point of my paper, or thesis if you will is that bicycle commuting is practical for a large majority of motorists and that by adopting a more cycle focused transportation system many societal concerns such as pollution, health, and financial struggle can be helped.