I have been wanting to commute for quite some time, but the logistics is kind of annoying. I live in New Jersey and work in Pennsylvania. I have to drive over a large bridge that spans the Delaware river/bay to get from Jersey to PA. I cannot ride over this bridge. No bikes allowed. My driving commute which uses all highways is just over 26 miles and takes me anywhere from 35 minutes to an hour.
So for me to commute to work by bike, I would have to drive with the bike over the bridge, then park somewhere, and then start the ride. It isn't a very good neighborhood, but I figure I could park at the college campus where I suspect things aren't as shady as in Chester.
The other issue I have, are the rather scary roads. Frankly I wish I could ride on the highway. It seems safer than the back roads, that are hilly, windy, in bad condition, lack shoulders of any kind, and are riddled with car traffic.
I figured my maximum bike commute would be around 14 miles each way, but I could always decrease this by just parking somewhere else. Because of the bridge issue, and the bad neighborhoods, I can't make it any further, but 14 miles is pretty good anyway.
Does anyone do anything like this and have some advice for me?