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View Poll Results: How many commuters do you see on your typical commute?
0...and I don't count Darwin Award Medalists 61 33.52%
1 24 13.19%
2-4 31 17.03%
5-9 27 14.84%
10+ 26 14.29%
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Old 07-26-06, 07:25 AM   #1
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POLL: How lonely is your commute

I've been commuting about a week now and have seen all of 4 people on bikes, none of which looked to be heading to work. Just curious what other people see.

[edit: stupidity removed from post, poster will work on getting stupidity out of his brain...but the rest of the world shows this is largely a null prospect]

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Old 07-26-06, 07:39 AM   #2
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While I don't see any obvious commuters (no racks, bags, lights, etc.), I do see usually see at least one or two roadie types over my 33 mile round tripper.
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Old 07-26-06, 07:42 AM   #3
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I feel your pain. I have only met one other responsible/knowlegable commuter in my city. By that I mean he wears a helmet and obeys the law. He's a really cool guy, and he's really old. He hangs out at a bar where I used to work. He has some great stories about his touring days. Besides him, I never see a commuter on the road [I]and[I] wearing a helmet. I see guys in the road on old 10-speeds but no helmet, and I see guys on the sidewalk with helmets (go figure). The city is not very cycle friendly at all, so I can understand why I don't see more people out. Even though it has lots of sidewalks, it isn't too pedestrian friendly either. If it were, I think a couple of the guys on the sidewalk might venture out into the road.

The funny part is, even though we have so little bike traffic, drivers are usually very nice and respectful. Maybe that's because there aren't more irresponsible riders out there. I am the only commuter (aside from DUIs on X-mart bikes) that a lot of people see, so I tend to get a lot of wierd looks. I built a cargo trailer over the weekend and I was hualing some pretty large furniture with it at 10:30 last night. You should have heard some of the "WTF" conversations people had as I rode by.

So, my commute is lonely but pleasant. Is'nt UK in Lexington? My brother is going to pharmacy school there this fall. He bought an electric scooter to ride around campus. It seems like you would see more riders with a big school in your city. Then again, there is a big school (ETSU) 1 mile from my house, and my neighbors drive to class. Can anyone say laaaazzzzzyyyyy?
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Old 07-26-06, 07:45 AM   #4
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I commonly see one person per mile where-ever I commute. One in 3 responds to my wave or greeting. Most people lack helmets, bags, etc. On night commutes it is more like one per ten miles and they all respond.
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Old 07-26-06, 07:46 AM   #5
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Normally I see just a few others obviously commuting, lately however, there has been a dramatic rise in commuters. 8 has been the high count, which is huge in a town of 11K.

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An excess of 10 on the Cherry Creek trail in denver.....it is about a 5 mile stretch I travel.
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Old 07-26-06, 07:49 AM   #7
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Typical is 0, although in the summer it can get up to 1-2 per week.

That's why I'm starting a Bike Commuter's Meetup in my town!
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I see about a dozen people each morning; I'd say half are commuting. On the way home, the number doubles...
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I've counted over 120 commuters on my way to work (14 miles). Lots and lots here.
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Old 07-26-06, 07:58 AM   #10
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rarely.

Once in a while I might see one, and they are usually wrong way sidewalk riders ... lol

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I've been commuting about a week now and aside from (lingo?) freds/georges/idiots on cheap bikes taking sidewalks or going the wrong way on the roads, I don't see any commuters (that is to say, (usually) helmeted people riding their bike with traffic on the road)
Wow! Commuting one whole week and already joining the exclusive club of Real Commuters ready to hand out Darwin awards to all the those phoney baloney commuting cyclists who aren't as Real as you.
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First off, not all-real commuters wear Helmets. In the second place, if they tear up the road and the speed limit on the road is 50mph then, I'll be riding on the wrong side shoulder as well. You can bet that as soon as they are done with the roadwork I'll be back on the right side of the road (it's only for a 2 mile section of road). I don’t wear a bike helmet because it well not help when you get hit by a car doing 50 to 70 mph. All the roads I ride are 45 mph to 55 mph) You need a real helmet at these speeds.

So If you ride a bike to work without a helmet and do it every day on the wrong side of the street then you not a commuter? Then I must not be a commuter. I have 4727.9 miles of just ridding my bike this year then. Even though I just ride to work and back every day. Some people need to take a looking at them self and stop judging others.
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Old 07-26-06, 08:04 AM   #13
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rarely.

Once in a while I might see one ...
+1. Once a week sounds about right for me.
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Oh Noes! ILTB has commented on my thread and my noobishness, my thread's going to die a horrible death!

Call it 1-week bravado, but after getting hit by a car 10 years ago for being stupid (and re-educating myself on how to not be so stupid while biking) I feel pretty damn self-righteous.

BTW, I don't hand out darwin awards, that's reality's job. I do periodically label people as probable future darwin award winners because they display obviously stupid behavior.
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I said 9-10 because that's how many I'll see if I leave on time. I love summer The ride home is crowded with commuters and fitness types. I figure in November I'll know who the commuters really are, we'll see if we have any new converts this winter.
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Most of my commute is on a hwy between towns and I never see another commuter. I once saw a guy out on a tri-bike when I went home late. He must have been on a training ride after work. I thought it was pretty cool to see another bike geek during my commute.
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Hmmmm....

I could care less what a real commuter is or is not. I just ride a freaking bike. It's not rocket science.
Anyhow, if you are not endangering me in any way, why should I give a rats rear end what others do?
Someone give me a reason why I should!
Maybe I should apply these principles when I drive and look down on other motorists when they roll stop a stop sign or drive without a seat belt on. My life is too busy to spend it fretting about what choices others make.
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First off, not all-real commuters wear Helmets. In the second place, if they tear up the road and the speed limit on the road is 50mph then, I'll be riding on the wrong side shoulder as well. You can bet that as soon as they are done with the roadwork I'll be back on the right side of the road (it's only for a 2 mile section of road). I donít wear a bike helmet because it well not help when you get hit by a car doing 50 to 70 mph. All the roads I ride are 45 mph to 55 mph) You need a real helmet at these speeds.

So If you ride a bike to work without a helmet and do it every day on the wrong side of the street then you not a commuter? Then I must not be a commuter. I have 4727.9 miles of just ridding my bike this year then. Even though I just ride to work and back every day. Some people need to take a looking at them self and stop judging others.
Did the (usually) not seem to apply to your situation? I wrote that because it was shorter than (usually, though people do have obvious exceptions and i wasn't meaning to get on those people's case)

As per ditching a helmet because the cars around you are going 45+ My helmet isn't on because I worry about what happens when/if I get hit by a car. I wear one because I worry more about what happens when/If one of the hundreds of more probable events that could knock me off the bike at bike speeds occurs. ~20% of all bike incidents involve cars...why avoid a helmet when the remaining 80% is still out there to get you?
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Oh Noes! ILTB has commented on my thread and my noobishness, my thread's going to die a horrible death!

Call it 1-week bravado, but after getting hit by a car 10 years ago for being stupid (and re-educating myself on how to not be so stupid while biking) I feel pretty damn self-righteous.

BTW, I don't hand out darwin awards, that's reality's job. I do periodically label people as probable future darwin award winners because they display obviously stupid behavior.
You are correct. You are a self-righteous noob; and don't be so sure you are not still "so stupid".
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On my way into work I've seen a grand total of 2 people biking (in the month+ that I've been biking in). Both times it's been some kid on a BMX bike, just out and about (I think one was heading to school). Other then that, no commuters whatsoever. They tell me there's a couple others at the university I work at, but I've yet to see them.

On the way home I'll occasionally see folks out for a fun ride, or going to the grocery store, but they're few and far between. It's not uncommon for me to go a week without seeing another cyclist while I'm out.
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Typical is 0, although in the summer it can get up to 1-2 per week.

That's why I'm starting a Bike Commuter's Meetup in my town!
Commuting in the same town as John, I see about the same number of commuters - this time of year I usually see a few other cyclists, but very rarely another commuter.

John - see you tonight!
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Typical is 0, although in the summer it can get up to 1-2 per week.
Same here... Though I've been seeing a bit more of them this year.
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On my way in there's maybe a 10 - 15 others out. Some are hardcore roadie-style commuters who are fully kitted out because they leave all their work gear at work and change at the office. Some are like me; backpack or CM bag with lunch and a few papers, clean clothes for the week on Monday, and dirty clothes on Friday. Even more are the "I don't care how fast I get there" commuters. I freakin' love these ones because they remind me of my grandpa: Work uniform (coveralls, or other store issued outfit,) maybe a helmet, maybe just their cap for work, cruisin' about 8mph, jammin' to their headphones, sometimes doing their entire ride with a cigarette pursed in their lips. They're out there every day, maybe because they don't want a car, maybe because they don't have a car; whatever the reason, they make me think of my grandpa, who all the way into his 80s was out on the Lavallette boardwalk every morning doing the 5 mile stretch on his beach cruiser... plaid shorts, tank top, striped shirt flappin' in the breeze, rusty basket full of stuff he found along the way, and the ever present Lucky Strike hanging from his face.

On my way home there's a bazillion people, and I don't have any idea how many are commuting and how many are just out for an afternoon ride. The Sammamish River Trail is very heavily utilized since it connects Redmond/Sammamish to the Burke-Gilman Trail which goes 17 miles into downtown Seattle. For people that don't want to get off their bike and take the bus across Lake Washington (or who don't live near Rt. 90 which has a pedestrian/cyclist lane on the bridge,) the SRT/B-G is the best commute around the lake.


/ most of my commute (6 out of 7 miles) is on the SRT. Am I a 'real' commuter since I'm not out there on the road, in traffic? *smirk*
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So If you ride a bike to work without a helmet and do it every day on the wrong side of the street then you not a commuter?
No, you are just a moron working to prove Darwin correct.
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Ive been studying in amsterdam for a few months and in my commute I usually saw several hundred cyclists. BTW, non of them helmeted...I guess 80 % or more of european ciclists are morons.
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