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Old 05-28-07, 11:18 AM   #1
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Commuting: Bikes > Bus

Most of this is just my personal oppinions, so here goes. Why I think that it's better to bike than use a Bus.

1 - My commute is 9km, relatively short, with a Bike I get to the office faster than I would if I used a bus.
2 - No running to the bust stop when you see the bus comming.
3 - No waiting for the bus to get there
4 - No need to hunt for a place to sit
5 - No annoying people right up there in my personal space.
6 - It's still healthier to ride a bike than take the bus.

The only advantages I see the bus has over a bike are:

1 - Weather protection
2 - Long range and quick when using express buses.

I'll take a bike instead.
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Old 05-28-07, 12:04 PM   #2
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The only advantages I see the bus has over a bike are:

1 - Weather protection
If you are biking in your location of Mississauga, there really isn't much weather, in my experience there, to be protected from (barring a 2 or 3 bad days).
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Old 05-28-07, 12:25 PM   #3
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Most of this is just my personal oppinions, so here goes. Why I think that it's better to bike than use a Bus.

1 - My commute is 9km, relatively short, with a Bike I get to the office faster than I would if I used a bus.
2 - No running to the bust stop when you see the bus comming.
3 - No waiting for the bus to get there
4 - No need to hunt for a place to sit
5 - No annoying people right up there in my personal space.
6 - It's still healthier to ride a bike than take the bus.

The only advantages I see the bus has over a bike are:

1 - Weather protection
2 - Long range and quick when using express buses.

I'll take a bike instead.
to add to advantage bus is
accident with cage= more protection so like 1.
weather protection
collision protection
winter safety-snow ice(maybe like weather protection)...and icy collision with car, like befores collision proection
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Old 05-28-07, 01:23 PM   #4
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To borrow a friend's comment from the other day, I've never had my bike sail right past me because it was already full...

If I'm running late I can pedal faster on my bike. If I'm 2 minutes late to the bus stop I'm 20 minutes late for work.
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Old 05-28-07, 01:57 PM   #5
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to add to advantage bus is
accident with cage= more protection so like 1.
weather protection
collision protection
winter safety-snow ice(maybe like weather protection)...and icy collision with car, like befores collision proection
Doesn't have to be winter, I was once on a bus that got right hooked by someone trying to get by and make a right turn into a parking lot.
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Old 05-28-07, 02:20 PM   #6
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There is usually only one crazy person on my bike. The bus generally has more.
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Old 05-28-07, 02:26 PM   #7
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Funny, I never notice any crazy people on the bus...

oh lordy, that means it must be me!
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If i am using public transit i need to go out of my house an hour and a half before my classes. With the bike i'm there in an hour max. Distance is 20km and i frequently pass busses either waiting at stops or lights.
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Old 05-28-07, 03:35 PM   #9
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There are buses in Mississauga?
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-1 for taking buses...sanitary conditions. They are great reservoirs for making people sick.
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I stopped taking the bus in winter because I got really cold waiting for it. On my bike, I just have to ride a bit faster and end up getting to work hot.

Oh, and the timetable is the other thing - I can't take the bus to work now, because I start half an hour before the first bus. Getting off work, I normally had to wait 10-15 minutes before the bus got there. Now, I can get home in 15minutes if I push it.

Oh, and today, walking would be faster than the bus. There's been an accident on the freeway (QEW to Niagara before the bridge) and the traffic has backed up 24km (14 miles) and all the traffic is coming off the freeways and blocking up all the roads around us. Love the bike... (even though I had a flat today )
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Remembered another one - my bike is a perfume-free environment!

I've had asthma attacks on buses from people wearing too much cologne before. (Bus route goes past 2 high schools and a college). While I've also had asthma attacks from pushing too hard on my bike, it was a lot easier to stop and deal with that than it was teh pollution on the bus!
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Most of this is just my personal oppinions, so here goes. Why I think that it's better to bike than use a Bus.

1 - My commute is 9km, relatively short, with a Bike I get to the office faster than I would if I used a bus.
2 - No running to the bust stop when you see the bus comming.
3 - No waiting for the bus to get there
4 - No need to hunt for a place to sit
5 - No annoying people right up there in my personal space.
6 - It's still healthier to ride a bike than take the bus.

The only advantages I see the bus has over a bike are:

1 - Weather protection
2 - Long range and quick when using express buses.

I'll take a bike instead.
It all depends. I'm pretty lucky that the bus route I use to get to/from work is pretty efficient. In the morning I'm only on the bus 25 minutes and about 30-35 minutes for the ride home. Add in a 3 minute trolley ride, some walking, and no more than 10 minute waiting for the trolley my commute is an hour in the morning and evening, which is at least 30 minutes faster than when I rode to work.

Now, on the bus there are rarely people that sit next to me and if there are it's usually towards the last leg of the bus ride so I really don't care (I'm always listening to my Ipod anyways and I must say...noise canceling headphones are a godsend), I always have a seat, and the most amount of time I spend waiting for the bus is 5 minutes. I've been taking public transportation for as long as I can remember and this is one of the better routes I've used.

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The bus is good for rainy/stormy days, but I have had to ride it only once so far this year. It is never too cold here and we are in a long term drought. I feel sort of confined on the bus. Not claustrophobic, but just too insulated and out of touch. Time-wise, it is about 35 minutes for both rides, but being out in the air and in control is usually much better than being a passenger.
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reason #1: it's a bus.
reason #2: it's not a bike.
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5 - No annoying people right up there in my personal space.
Except those cagers who sometimes like to get closer to you than fellow passengers on the bus!
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Except those cagers who sometimes like to get closer to you than fellow passengers on the bus!
I love the wing mirrors on delivery vans pasing my head at 40mph
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The biggest advantage I see of taking a bike instead of the bus is: We don't have buses.
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Ain't no fare to ride a bike!
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No headwind on a bus though
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Relevant to Calgary as of this morning: Bikes don't go on strike....
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My bike does not require exact change.
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Ain't no fare to ride a bike!
Yeah! $4 a day? Pfft, I could buy a bunch of bagles instead!

On my 20km commute, it takes 60-90 minutes by bus, and about 45-50 minutes by bike. Yesteday, I saw a bus off in the distance and said, "Aha, you're mine sucker!" Passed it with decent ease. On the way home (5km out), a bus pulled right behind me. Idiotically, I yelled, "You'll never take me alive!" and pedalled like a madman. I beat the bus by about 4 minutes.
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I took the bus/light rail today. Rail was okay, but the bus smelled bad. This was the first time I'd used either in months, and I used to bus every day. How did I stand it?
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Actually, instead of "bike > bus," I say "bike + bus." My commute is about 22 miles each way, so I'll often take the bus for 14 of it, with my bike. Nice option.
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