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    Giving up Commuting

    After 20 years of regular commuting I'm going to have to take a long break.
    My daughter got into the daycare at the University where I work and there is no way I'm going to haul her six miles in a trailer through South Central Los Angeles at rush hour. So I'll be reduced to before and after work rides and the weekends. I am so seriously bummed, but I can't pass up this opportunity for my daughter. Wish me luck getting my butt up before work to go riding.
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    I have found that kid schedules are one of the biggest impediments to bicycle commuting, and the day care years were the worst. (I wasn't a bike commuter in those years, but it would have been impossible even if I had wanted to.) Good luck.
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    I feel your pain, boss reeled me back into the other office and it's just not doable. Was saving over 200 a month on gas. I might get 2 days a week now to bike in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Treespeed View Post
    Wish me luck getting my butt up before work to go riding.
    Good luck getting your butt up before work to go riding.

    Another one of those sacrifices you make for your kids.

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    Don't forget to eat LESS.
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    I'm sorry to hear this, but your kids should always come first and they obviously do in your life. Good luck to you!

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    Ironically, the gaseous byproducts of your new, child-friendly commute, are going to be detrimental to him/her in years to come.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TreeUnit View Post
    Ironically, the gaseous byproducts of your new, child-friendly commute, are going to be detrimental to him/her in years to come.
    Nice.

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    More like uncalled for.

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    I'm relatively lucky in that my wife is a school teacher and at least I can ride to work during the summer when she is home with my daughter. I am responsible for dropping my daughter off at school during the year.

    The school is relatively close to our house so I am considering packing the bike on top of the car, dropping my daughter off at school, and then parking at a bike trailhead near school so I can offload and ride to work. We'll see. My wife is a little freaked out in case there is an emergency at school and I need to pick my daughter up right away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brewerth View Post
    I'm relatively lucky in that my wife is a school teacher and at least I can ride to work during the summer when she is home with my daughter. I am responsible for dropping my daughter off at school during the year.

    The school is relatively close to our house so I am considering packing the bike on top of the car, dropping my daughter off at school, and then parking at a bike trailhead near school so I can offload and ride to work. We'll see. My wife is a little freaked out in case there is an emergency at school and I need to pick my daughter up right away.
    define relativly close. and how old she is. Could you ride a bike there with her? or what about one of those bikes that attaches to the rear of your bike? then you could remove it and lock it up at the rack?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lamplight View Post
    I'm sorry to hear this, but your kids should always come first and they obviously do in your life. Good luck to you!
    Putting kids, especially very young ones, into daycare hardly qualifies as 'putting your kids first'.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CastIron View Post
    Don't forget to eat LESS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Allister View Post
    Putting kids, especially very young ones, into daycare hardly qualifies as 'putting your kids first'.
    Uncalled for statement #2 of this thread. I think parents know better what's best for their children than a stranger on the internet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Treespeed View Post
    I am so seriously bummed, but I can't pass up this opportunity for my daughter.
    Sorry about this, Treespeed. No alternative routes possible, I guess?..

    Good luck. Hope the withdrawal symptoms aren't too severe. They shouldn't be if you keep up riding.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chephy View Post
    Uncalled for statement #2 of this thread. I think parents know better what's best for their children than a stranger on the internet.
    ^^^^Especially from strangers who probably don't have kids. Or if they had kids and sounded like that then it makes you wonder why they even had kids.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Treespeed View Post
    After 20 years of regular commuting I'm going to have to take a long break.
    My daughter got into the daycare at the University where I work and there is no way I'm going to haul her six miles in a trailer through South Central Los Angeles at rush hour. So I'll be reduced to before and after work rides and the weekends. I am so seriously bummed, but I can't pass up this opportunity for my daughter. Wish me luck getting my butt up before work to go riding.
    Just make up for it by riding harder afte work and weekends. I understand there are people here who ride at night and they love it because there are not as much JAMs to deal with.
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    i suspect that my commute on city streets is safer than most of those who live in rural and suburban areas. if only for the fact that most drivers in cities are aware that there are pedestrians, dogs, guys pushing carts, handtrucks, rolling luggage, motorcycles, scooters, and most importantly, bicycles that share the road with them. there's also the difference in closing speeds. for the most part, cars in the city are doing the same speed or more likely, even going slower than bicyclists most of the roads here are well lit, and you there's a bit of anarchy afforded to bicycle riders here it's a much more open terrain for bicyclists.

    the obvious advice from everyone is- be seen!

    good luck to you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Allister View Post
    Putting kids, especially very young ones, into daycare hardly qualifies as 'putting your kids first'.
    In context that's not fair to say as Americans, unlike most of the western world, don't get much paid family leave after the birth of a child. Something like two months for the mother is the law.

    Good luck on finding time to ride, TS!

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    In reply to inappropriate comment #1, considering that I've been riding for 20 years I think I'm entitled to transport my daughter to daycare in a safe car for a couple of years. Yes, I'm increasing C02 emmissions, it's just too bad there is no way to reduce the amount of BS she'll have to put up with from sanctimonious morons like yourself.

    And to #2 Allister, considering the fact that my daughter is smart, chatting up a storm, and makes friends at the drop of a hat I hardly worry about depriving her by sending her to one of the top daycare's in the city at one of the top private Universities in the country. Most people would kill to have their kids in an environment like this and I'm not going to deny her this opportunity so that Daddy can ride his bike.

    Luckily I can swim at the pool at lunch, this being Los Angeles this is even a winter option, and my wife likes running after work and in the morning so I shouldn't get too out of shape. I'll have to hit the other forums to figure out how the rest of the world squeezes in their riding time. No more gloating about keeping my base mileage with my commuting.

    To the rest of you, thanks for the constructive and thoughtful comments.
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    Aw man, but it would be such a great excuse to buy a brand spankin new tandem bike.
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    TS, I don't know your situatio, but could you arrange to have your daughter taken to daycare for you (e.g., girlfriend/spouse/etc) one day a week? Once-a-week commuting (what I do,but because of distance) is beetter than not commuting at all.

    In any case, sorry to hear this, but I hope you return to bike commuting in the years to come.
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    I lived in the city with a good subway when my kids were at that age and cycled around during the non-rushed days.

    It is doable..i'd move..

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    Yay! Another reason not to have a kid! At this rate, I'll make it to 21 years of bike commuting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chephy View Post
    Uncalled for statement #2 of this thread. I think parents know better what's best for their children than a stranger on the internet.
    I agree. I also think parents know better what's best for their child than a stranger in a daycare centre with 30 other kids to care for.

    I also realise that for some people, daycare is a necessity.

    I'm not judging treespeed's choice here, he know's his circumstances better than I. I just disagree that daycare can be described as 'best for kids' by any criteria, but I'm glad that he seems to have found a good one. I've heard some serious horror stories about some of the daycare centres around here.

    For the record, mtnwalker, I have three kids, and am fortunate enough to make enough money that my wife doesn't have to work and can stay at home with them. We have never for a second considered putting any of them in daycare.
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