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  • Riding is much faster

    40 45.98%
  • Riding is somewhat faster

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  • Riding is somewhat slower

    10 11.49%
  • Riding is somewhat slower

    4 4.60%
  • Riding is much slower

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    Riding vs transit for your commute?

    Inspired by the other thread let's ask, is your bike commute faster or slower than public transit?

    I know for me, this was a major factor to start commuting by bicycle.

    I couldn't afford a second car and my wife needed the car to be with our new born daughter at the hospital along with our 3 year old son. I checked the bus schedule and it would take me an hour to arrive at work. Even at my snail's pace, the bicycle took me 45 minutes. Add in that the bus fare would pay for a new bicycle each year and the choice was clear.

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    It is slower.

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    i ain't gunna vote cuz dere ain't no tranzat weay out here in da sticks.

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    the ride is exactly the same amount of time as public transit (subway) for me... 25 minutes. the only thing that adds a little extra time is locking up the bike, putting on gloves and helmet, rolling up my pants, etc.

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    It's definitely slower, but factoring it all in real-time door-to-door - there's only a 35 minute difference between me and the train journey (33 miles). I ride to the station, wait around until the train gets in, get on and wait for it to leave, then ride from the train to my office. On my own, I just ride - so if you don't count all the waiting around with the train, the train is a LOT faster - I just don't like to cut things close with train timetables

    7:55am->10:15am (bike) vs. 8:30am->10:15 (bike & train).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flimflam View Post
    It's definitely slower, but factoring it all in real-time door-to-door - there's only a 35 minute difference between me and the train journey (33 miles).
    Whoa, Flimflam, to where are you commuting now? I thought you had a fairly short downtownish jaunt. I guess I'm really not following the BF news.
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    As I mentioned in the other thread, back in Winnipeg a one-way commute by bus was 45 minutes, and a one-way commute by bicycle was 20 minutes in the summer and 30 minutes in the winter. So cycling was the preferable option most of the time.

    However, now (or as of the beginning of May when I start my job again), there is no transit option. It's either car or bicycle. Various ones of us have suggested a bussing system of some sort on numerous occassions but the idea has never gotten out of the lunchroom discussion phase.

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    Door to door, public transit is much, much slower for me: an hour, more or less, for the train or bus v. 20 minutes by bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pig_Chaser View Post
    i ain't gunna vote cuz dere ain't no tranzat weay out here in da sticks.
    Edmonton has a great LRT system ... if you live in the NE (as I did this past winter) or downtown. But I wish they'd extend the transit route all the way out to Leduc and the airport now, and then do the same with the LRT as soon as possible.

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    Transit is faster for longer trips, slower for shorter trips.

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    biking much faster than bus for me, vs somewhat slower than car (most days, but once a month or so it's faster, and at least once a week or so I get some good entertainment zipping past the backed up/gridlocked cars). It's a ~7 mile one-way.

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    I think transit time for me to get to work is more than double my ride time. In fact, I think I can be in bed when the bus comes 'round, and still beat it to downtown with time to spare. I think the only occasions where I would be faster on transit are express routes from the burbs into downtown. They start in the middle of nowhere, make 5 stops, then haul ass into the city centre. That said, I have no valid reason to go to the burbs, so it's an invalid comparison.
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    Bus
    Wake up: 7:00
    Leave House: 7:25
    Get to bus stop: 7:35
    Catch bus: 7:40
    Arrive at bus change: 7:50
    Catch next bus: 8:10
    Drop off near work: 8:25
    Walk to work: 8:35

    Bike
    Wake up: 6:00
    Change, pack, leave home: 6:25
    Arrive work: 6:50 (25min drive time)
    Finish shower/changing: 7:00
    Walk to and arrive at office: 7:10

    Motoring
    Wake up: 7:00
    Shower, dress, leave Home: 7:25
    Arrive Parking Lot: 7:40 (15min drive time)
    Walk to and arrive at office: 7:45

    Summary
    Bus: 95min wake up to desk
    Cycling: 70min wake up to desk
    Motoring: 45min wake up to desk

    That is why I stopped riding the bus and cycling.

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    The ride is a little faster, but ALWAYS on time. I typically beat my door to door subway time by 10 minutes. 6 miles is pretty far in NY! It's not "...as the crow flies" by any means. Driving would take far longer.

    The NYC subways can regularly become delayed. Sick passenger, signal trouble, police action.
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    Depends which transit option I take. I voted somewhat slower because if I take Metra, it can be as fast as 40 minutes door-to-door for an express train, including walking to and from the stations at each end, versus 1 hour for the 16 mile bike ride. If I were to take the CTA, even on the express train, on the other hand, it takes more than an hour to get downtown. And I regularly pass CTA buses during my bike commutes.

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    TTC (Toronto Transit) by my house only comes by every 15~20mins. Usually I walk for 5min to the subway station and it takes a total of 25~35mins depending on how lucky I get with connections.
    With a bike I just go in a straight path directly to work, unlike the "J" swing around the TTC does, and takes 20~25mins.
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    What's transit?
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    Quote Originally Posted by noisebeam View Post
    That is why I stopped riding the bus and cycling.
    Aww.. You were an inspiration. And you stopped cycling? How DARED you?!
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    Time and money savings aside, the bike is better than transit because on my bike there's only one anti-social jackhole.
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    Transit: Upwards of an hour with transfers and 3/4 mile of walking.

    Cycling: Snowstorm is about 30 minutes; Nice day is 18 minutes.

    Driving: Nice day is 15-30 minutes depending on traffic.
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    Riding is faster for me. By the time I wait on my first bus then go downtown and catch a second bus or the train I make it home quicker. Plus I have my own seat and a lot of the transit employees here aren't exactly the nicest people. Biking wins hands down.

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    SAME
    option was not provided. it takes me about the same time to walk to the bus pick-up area, waite for transit, walk from drop-off area to job as it does to ride.
    it takes about 45 minutes for either mode, 1/2 that time if i drive...my car
    staying with the O/P question, it takes the same amount of time to commute as it does to ride transit. go figure!
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    My commute is WAY slower by bus! It takes 45 minutes to get three miles. I could walk faster than that! In fact, I have!!

    Drive: 7 min.
    Bike: 20 min.
    Walk: 40 min.
    Bus: 45+ min.

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    1] By bike alone, it takes me 1.5 to 1.6 hours to get to work (21.6 miles).

    2] If I combine bike-train-bike, it takes me 45 minutes.

    3] If I use public transit, it takes me 2 hours.

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    My average commute time in the summer is 30-35 minutes and 45 minutes to an hour in winter... my fastest commute ever time was 23 minutes.

    The drive takes a minimum of 30-45 minutes and transit takes even longer due to the high number of transfers and walking that is required.

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