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  • Riding is much faster

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  • Riding is somewhat faster

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  • About the same

    40 20.10%
  • Riding is somewhat slower

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  • Riding is much slower

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    Riding vs driving your commute

    Just wondering whether for most people, the bike commute is faster than what the best car commute would be, about the same, or slower?

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    The bike commute would take me about two hours longer to get to work. Plus if I didn't get run over on the street it would definitely happen on the freeway

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    My commute is 5 minutes slower by bike.
    but it does take some extra prep time.

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    my commute is only 3 miles each way with 2 stop lights and minimal traffic, so i loose time while riding over driving; but i make it up in finding a parking spot and walking from the parking lot to the building as i can lock up my bike right infront of the building

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    18-20 minutes in a vehicle, 25-30 minutes on the bike.

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    I live in rural Iowa, so traffic is not the issue. It takes me about 17 minutes by car and an hour by bike.

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    One hour bike commute vs 45 min drive, but factor in getting dressed, undressed, showered at each end and its easily double the time.
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    My ride to work has one shortcut which is legal on a bike but not navigable by car. I have driven my route outside of rush hour and I was astonished at how long it took - 20% more time! I haven't had the opportunity to drive home from work, but if I'm getting 3-light delays on my bike with some filtering and creative lane choices, I can't imagine getting out of downtown any faster.
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    It's much slower for me to cycle. My commute is rural hwy so it's 20-40kph cycling vs. 80-100kph driving. There are no shortcuts. It is of course time well spent in other ways that have been expounded in numerous other threads.

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    My commute took me about 10 minutes to drive and takes about 20-25 to ride. I get up 15 minutes earlier than I used to, and there's no question about it being worth the extra time. I'm amazed by how much better I feel in the mornings. And after an especially stressful working day, there is nothing better and more therapeutic than the ride home. Simply incredible for my mental well being. I am soooo glad I started this!

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    It takes me 15-20 minutes to drive to work (at best) vs 35 minutes (best time) on the bike. A little heavy traffic can easily increase my drive time to 30+ minutes though. Heavy traffic doesn't really affect my ride time at all though...which I enjoy.

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    My bike commute is actually shorter, thanks to MUP's. If I drive, I have two stop signs and three traffic lights. On my bike I only have two stop signs and a much more direct route.

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    About 15-20 minutes driving, 1 hour cycling.

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    10.8 miles, about 20 minutes by car, 40 to 50 minutes by bike. Nearly 100% rural 50 MPH roads with no stops and no traffic. It's a very nice ride, and also a very nice drive, woods and farm fields around the roads, etc, but it also means that in a car you go the whole distance at the speed limit of 50, so it's certainly much slower by bike.
    In the summer if I'm not fighting a headwind I can do it in as little as 33 minutes on a bike.
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    Never done the full commute by car as I cut through a couple places and make a completely illegal left turn on my bike. However, my normal drive is 35-45 minutes. Cycle commute is about 55 minutes. With a great tailwind, I made it home once in 45 minutes including time to educate a driver who shook his fist at me as he passed with horn blaring. The point was made that I'm legal on the road and it ended with a handshake.

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    I can usually drive in 30 minutes; the cycle commute is 70-85 minutes depending on traffic, fatigue, etc. Despite the extra time, I HATE driving to/from work. I would rather slog home in the rain, bonked and with sore legs than drive my car.

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    What's your fastest option?

    both cycling and metro/tube/underground are the same speed if you factor in the lock up/wash up at each end

    taxi/cab is by far the fastest if the traffic is good - rush hour traffic (6am to 8pm - lol) means that every second trip takes twice as long as the alternates though
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    1 hour to get to work, which is actually slightly slower. It's the commute home that really makes the difference. Going home by car it's often 2+ hours, vs bike it takes about an hour, usually a bit longer though as I ride slower and take a longer route for the fun of it.
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    Driving is 45-90 minutes depending on traffic. Most days are about 55 minutes going in and 60-75 min going home.

    Bike-train-bike is 60-65 minutes
    Bike-boat-bike is 65-70 minutes (but there is a bar on the boat....)

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    My commute is about 10 minutes by bike, a little less by car, however I'd have to drive around to find parking. Since I live close enough, I don't need to change clothes or anything.

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    I commute 41 miles round trip. If traffic if flowing I drive MUCH faster, but in cases like last Friday where a cement truck overturned on the highway, the bike can be faster. Also if I stop for random things in the car, which I often do not only is the car slower it cost me a whole lot more. I have yet to stop at Starbucks while riding the bike to or from work, I often do in the car.

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    In big cities with a lot of traffic I'd imagine riding is a great alternative to driving simply because of the congestion. I live right outside of NYC and it takes me about an hour if I commute by bus followed by a 15 minute walk to my job. Biking takes me a bit under an hour door to door, so I save some money and get some exercise.
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    My commute is usually about 10 minutes by car. I was astonished when I tried it on my 24 speed MTB and found that that time increased to 30 minutes. To try to cut that time I switched to my single-speed road rig and my time reduced to 20 minutes. I can live with that, especially out of a fixie. Plus it helps to get me awake in the morning rather than ariving still half asleep.
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    commute

    My commute would definitely take much longer. 56 miles round trip, mostly on country roads. Four hours by bike and 90 minutes by automobile. I do a partial commute of 18 miles RT and I don't care about how long it takes, I save a little money and wear on my car plus, I get some exercise. I ride my bicycle because its enjoyable.

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    My drive is about five minutes.
    By bike, it takes about 20 minutes, I'm sure I could get there sooner if I really hustled...but I like the longer commute. It gives my brain time to shift gears.

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