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Old 10-10-07, 02:10 PM   #1
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If you had a choice?

If you could choose your work schedule, would you rather ride in the dark in the morning or in the evening? My hours are very flexible, and I'm looking to see which you all think would be safest.
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Old 10-10-07, 02:13 PM   #2
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People seem to be in less of a hurry in the mornings... However they may also be half awake.
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I would ride in the dark in the morning. Criminals sleep in because they are up late.
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Old 10-10-07, 02:25 PM   #4
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I can choose. The commute has little effect on the decision. Each side of the coin has it's merits.
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If I were choosing based strictly on when it's nicer to commute, I would say the morning. I once road to work at 4AM down a MUP through a cold fog. It was surreal and one of my most memorable commutes yet.

That said, I'm not a morning person, so for reasons other than the commute, I'd have to chose the evening.
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I'd go with morning. Unfortunately I seem to end up commuting in the dark both ways personally. Morning is cooler (good thing here in Florida) and there are usually fewer people on the roads than at night.
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I would commute in the morning because.

1 People in the morning are just going to wrok so there are not on the road as long as in the evening.

2 Evenings people are trying to get home and running erons. like get fast food, going to the store, going shopping, going to the movies, going out to the bars.

Now if you could work from 10 pm to 6 am then you would have it made. Because most people are going to bed or all ready at the bars. And you would have the streets to your self.
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I like riding in the dark of the morning. My weekly schedule is:
Monday: 6 AM-4:30 PM, 10 hrs.
Tuesday-Thursday: 6 AM-2:30 PM, 8 hrs.
Friday: 6 AM-12 PM, 6 hrs.
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Less traffic in the early morning, which is what I prefer.
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Mornings are less tense around here. Of course, in another couple weeks I will be coming and going in the dark...
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How many folks offering advice have actually done the afternoon shift?
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How many folks offering advice have actually done the afternoon shift?
I've done mornings and afternoons, morning were much better.
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avoiding the rush hours is the best. something like working 6am to 2 pm would be really ideal, I'd think. I'm way lucky and my schedule is flexible and I work from home part of the day so I avoid all the rush hours.
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I have to be at work 8 hours, and it has to include 9am through 3pm. So I can choose to work 7-3 without a lunch, 6-3 with a lunch, 9-5 without a lunch, or 9-6 with a lunch, or anywhere in between.

I have worked the afternoon shift before, but I promptly reverted back to 7-3:30 with a half hour lunch. In KC, Mornings are just better for riding.
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How many folks offering advice have actually done the afternoon shift?
A long time ago I had a job where I did all three shifts at different times. I much prefer the morning shift, followed by the mid-night shift. On the swing shift, I absolutely hated getting up in the morning and having being at work on time hanging over my head all day. That kills the whole day for me.
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Right now, I would choose mornings hands down. The traffic is lighter, people are more alert and friendly, and the temperatures are cooler. However, in the dead of winter when morning lows are dropping down below freezing, and I might change my mind about that. It is definitely colder in the early morning, and if I had to choose between riding in 15 degree or 40 degree temperatures, I would definitely lean toward the warmth.
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Come December I do both. Sun rises about 7:40 and sets about 5:10. It's pretty that way.
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I'd chose morning dark ride. I haven't done a lot of afternoon "shifts" but I have ridden in the city at all hours. Traffic is dead at 6-7AM, but on the other hand, especially in certain parts of town, 8-9 or even -11PM is quite busy.
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I'd say morning commutes would be better. You don't have the aspect of people driving home from happy hour, bar goers, etc (and yeah I know there are people still boozed up from the night before who drive to work).

I luv night riding though - but I try to wait till after "drive-time" ends and hit the road/trails after 7:30 for my non-commuting rides
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I do have a choice and I chose early morning (I start work at 5am). I like mornings and drunk drivers generally don't, in fact drivers in general don't seem to like mornings so its pretty car free except for the same few early commuters and delivery people I regularly see.
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I can work any time I like, and I chose to leave the house at 5:40 AM, which is a very nice pre-rush-hour commute. My ride home, 5:00-5:30, is in the thick of rush hour. My sense is that the two are approximately equally safe; the benefits of the empty morning roads are offset by an increase in unpredictable driving (people run red lights more when the streets are empty). The morning ride is much more pleasant, however, for all the reasons listed by previous posters.
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Whichever has less traffic. How early and how late are we talking, here?
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The mornings where I commute seem to have heavier traffic all at once. It changes with the school year being in session or not but I like to avoid the rush of getting your kids to school before going to work or the country club rush which means I always hit the morning dark.
I usually end up hitting both lately as I'm required to be at work 9 hours (1 hour mandatory lunch whether you work it or not) plus my commute is a little longer so either I see the sunset or the sun is already down when I leave.
It all depends on when the traffic or other external factors are better. There is a time of year I have to avoid certain times so I don't hit this 4 mile rolling hill stretch at sunrise or sunset because no matter what light I get the sun will drown it and me out.
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the morning by a long shot.
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