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Old 04-17-08, 09:16 AM   #1
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How many consecutive days....

...have you commuted on your bike? No driving in between. Just you and your bike.

The most I made it was about 2 weeks but then had a reason, or got lazy, and used my car.
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Old 04-17-08, 09:23 AM   #2
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It's been...4 months now? Since just after New Years.
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A week. I drive the car in on Monday and home on Friday, so that kind of kills it for me.

Last year I went from Memorial Day to Labor Day without driving to work. That was pretty awesome, hoping to do it again this year (I might start just leaving the car here on weekends..).
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I've gone months and months without ever borrowing the car... last summer I averaged well over 45 km a day, every day, without taking a day off.

Since January of this year I have used the car 2 or three times and since the end of February have been trying to ride at least 20 km every day as part of my rehabilitation... the most km I have put on in a day has been 50 and some days I have only put on 5 or 6.
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Old 04-17-08, 09:35 AM   #5
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I don't borrow the car or drive, but I do ride in one occasionally.

Sometimes my wife is in the area running errnds with my daughter (stay at home mom) and she'll suggest we get dinner together, so I'll have ridden in, but I'll catch 2/3 of my ride home as I meet her at the dining establishment.

I commute partly because I like to ride and like the exercise, but also in a large way to save money on gas, insurance, etc... So, spending extra time with my family is always a welcome addition to my day.

I've ridden at least the morning every day since sometime in January, I think. I may have wussed out one or two days in there, but I can't remember.
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Old 04-17-08, 09:47 AM   #6
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I did pretty close to 2 years if you only count going to work and back. I need to take the garbage to the dump and usually haul something like a yard of compost or something most weekends, so if you count those, I don't think I've ever gone more than 2 weeks without driving.
We now have 2 cars that barely get driven; one is the minivan that we need for vacation and hauling large stuff and towing the utility trailer to get large loads, and the other is the car that my daughter will take to college in a couple of years. I alternate driving one then the other. They're really not happy about sitting for 2 weeks at a time.
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I'd loved to have commuted every day. But, the commute was 54 miles round trip. 12 hour shifts. Too little time left over for other things. I'd say I commuted on average two times a week.
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Old 04-17-08, 09:59 AM   #8
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Since starting a new job a month ago, I have yet to drive my car in to work, and I expect that I'll never ever want to. I have taken public transit a few times though (mostly for after work engagements where having to ride and change would've been a bit of a hassle). So, for, consecutive days on the bike (including weekend rides), my max so far has been 18.
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commuted by car on Monday. that was probably my first in six months or so. I commute by car or catch a car ride to work maybe three or four times per year. I use a car for most other transportation aspects of my life.

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Old 04-17-08, 10:22 AM   #10
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Are we just talking consecutive days commuting by bike to WORK? Or just consecutive days commuting and NEVER using a car? I don't have a car and ride to work everyday...but I'll get rides and stuff to places occasionally with friends or family. Not to work though. So...right.
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Old 04-17-08, 10:53 AM   #11
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barring the first 9 days of this year when I was sick, I've commuted every day since around October last year.

Wait, I think there was one or two other days too, one of which was a definite snow day (the only one I succumbed to though!).

edit: every WORK day, that is - there are some weekend days I didn't get on a bike at all, as rare as that is - it does happen.
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4 days.

I always drive on Friday because I replenish my locker with fresh clothes, bring home my laundry, and have to make it 12 miles across town for a mid-day meeting, with a quick stop back home to let my dog out for a potty break on my way to the meeting.
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If you're only talking about work, then 2 or 3 months, certainly. Maybe more; I don't really keep track. However, I use the car on weekends for shopping and family trips.

This week I drove two days in a row because I've got a broken rib and the pain was pretty significant. I rode in today, though, even though I'm still in pain, because the pain isn't really related to my riding. I.e. it doesn't get any worse or better if I ride.
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Old 04-17-08, 11:25 AM   #14
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In the old days I did it for over a year commuting from home to the train station. I had no other choice really since I didnt' have a spot and no public transportation. Then they went and told me I was moving across the country wheee.

My commute (yesterday 44 miles rt) is too far now and my body just can't take it everyday yet. Hopefully it'll improve in time but in my out of shape condition it is mostly 2 days at most in a row I strive to alternate days but sometimes thunderstorms and heavy wind will get me driving instead of biking and ruin that plan too..
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I have ridden almost everyday 24 miles rt since last August. My wife and I don't have a car, so we are limited to public transportation or zipcar. We use zipcar mostly on the weekend when we hang out with friends or go shopping for large items. The only time I didn't ride to work was when I crashed my bike and cracked my collarbone. I won't lie, it's hard to ride every day, but what is the alternative?
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Kid schedules (driving them to school early, going straight from work to pick them up after school for some reason, etc.) used to be a major impediment, but things have taken a turn for the better in 2008 and in 2008 I have not driven once. It's been about 68 days.
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4 days and that was this week. I do the same thing someone else said, and replenish my locker, take home clothes to clean, and drive to a meeting.

Consecutive days on the bike without driving a car, probably 20 or so days. That's while on tour of course
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I haven't used a car to get to work in... years?
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Pretty much one year. For the first two months of commuting (starting last April 1st) I would take the car if it was raining badly when I left to go to work. Today rain doesn't stop me. I rode through pretty much the whole winter. I only had to take the car a few times when there was either severe wind (25 MPH steady with 65 to 85 MPH gusts... not cool on 2 wheels), or too much snow fell over night and the roads were not clear enough for reasonable riding. I do occasionally take the car if I have a lunch time appointment somewhere I just can get to on a bike, but that happens probably less than once a month. Some times I've gone for nearly a month without taking the car, other months I might have a week where I have to drive two times. I don't get too hung up on it. I just always do it. I know that if I were to start taking the car regularly I might be temped to skip. I guess this is kind of like someone dealing with a drug habit. Someone in rehad doesn't want to ever take their drug or choice again or they may go back to it full time. In my case the drug is laziness. I don't want to be lazy, I need the physical activity and I ENJOY the ride everytime. I have gotten to the point where I realy miss the ride if I have to take the car. Today I had to take the car, but I am going for a nice ride after work so I don't feel bad about it.

Just take it one day at a time and build up your comfort level and add equipment to deal with different weather conditions. Over time the car will be less and less needed.

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Old 04-17-08, 01:39 PM   #20
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I've been car free for two years. Rode the bus a lot this winter due to the severe weather we had, last winter was mild and didn't take the bus even once.
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I started my volunteer job in August '07, and have not driven once.
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I parked my car that same August of '07, and haven't used it since. To work it's just bike or bus (sometimes a combination). I borrowed a car this past Monday to go to a training day (could've actually ridden there too, but didn't). I occasionally borrow one here and there, but not often, and virtually never for work...

edit: Oops. Make that August of '06. Added the bike into the mix about this time last year.

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Old 04-17-08, 04:01 PM   #23
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Um, since birth?

I've never driven a car to work or school. I did commute as a car passenger maybe a dozen times in my whole life.
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In the past, I'd go a pretty long time without using the car. However, I have two worksites, and I have to go to the one that's 64 miles from where I live twice a week. I'm there today, and I drove as always.

On the other hand, the worksite that I go to the other 3 days is only 22 miles from home. I've held my current job for almost exactly a year. I have never taken any form of transport other than bicycle there.
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Generally, six days before my legs are toast and I need a complete day off the bike.
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