Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Commuting Bicycle commuting is easier than you think, before you know it, you'll be hooked. Learn the tips, hints, equipment, safety requirements for safely riding your bike to work.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 10-22-04, 08:55 AM   #1
westman2003
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
westman2003's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Calgary
Bikes: Norco MTB
Posts: 96
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
How much longer to bike?

How much longer (or how much time do you save) when you bike compared to other forms of transportation?

If I drive to work - 35 min door to door.
Bike - 38min
Bus - 65 min

Thus it takes me a whopping 3 min extra to bike and I save 27 min over the bus.
westman2003 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-22-04, 09:07 AM   #2
Darren
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: Knoxville, TN
Bikes: Giant OCR1, Rans Rocket, Rans Screamer tandem, KickBike
Posts: 50
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Door to door times:

Drive = 25 minutes

Bike = 40 minutes

...so I figure I get an hour and twenty minutes of exercise a day when I bike for the cost of half an hour of time. ...also save about a dollar a day in wear and tear on the car. I could get the bike commute time down to probably 30 minutes if I really pushed it, but my bike commute is pretty hilly and I like to arrive without much sweat.
Darren is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-22-04, 09:58 AM   #3
thechrisproject
Guy with bike
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Madison, WI
Bikes:
Posts: 401
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
car = 15 minutes
bike = 20 minutes

That's just door to door, though. I spend more time when I bike because I have to pack my bag, change and clean myself when I get to work, etc.
thechrisproject is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-22-04, 11:14 AM   #4
digs
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Bikes:
Posts: 46
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
car-12 minutes
bike-30 minutes... plus extra for the time spent changing and whatnot...


but... 95% of my commute is along a highway =P... ~20 mph on the access road on my bike... or 70 mph in the car...
digs is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-22-04, 11:26 AM   #5
caloso
Packfodding 3
 
caloso's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Sacramento, California, USA
Bikes: Ridley Excalibur, Gazelle Champion Mondial, On-One Pompino, Specialized Rock Hopper
Posts: 34,105
Mentioned: 10 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 246 Post(s)
I've got a relatively short commute through town so driving only saves 5 minutes or so. If it's rush hour, and I feel like hammering, the bike is slightly faster.
caloso is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-22-04, 11:29 AM   #6
walterk46
Electro-Forged
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Chicagoland
Bikes:
Posts: 171
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Door to door times:
Train: 40-50 minutes (depending on whether I catch the express or a local)
Bike: 60-65 minutes (15 miles of city traffic)

Walter.
walterk46 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-22-04, 11:36 AM   #7
BenyBen
winter is comming
 
BenyBen's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Lachine, Quebec, Canada
Bikes: Mikado kensington 2003, "commuterized" 8yr old Mongoose hilltopper SX, Baycrest Hurricane 10 speed
Posts: 531
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
car = Average 25.
Bike = 30
bus = 70 minutes.

Car can often take longer, depending on traffic. It once took me 1:30 by car, comming back with a coworker. Public transit is not even an option.
BenyBen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-22-04, 12:10 PM   #8
Laggard
Lance Hater
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Los Angeles
Bikes:
Posts: 4,403
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 7 Post(s)
Walk = 20 minutes
Bus = 20 minutes
Drive = 5 minutes + time to park and walk to building
Bike = 5 minutes
Laggard is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-22-04, 12:20 PM   #9
max-a-mill
aspiring dirtbag commuter
 
max-a-mill's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: philly
Bikes:
Posts: 2,121
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
to work: (downhill a little)

bike: 45 min
bus: 40-45 min

from work:

bike: 1 hr
bus: 45 min

i only get beat going uphill.... and i only come close to the bus' time since he takes a very indirect route.
max-a-mill is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-22-04, 01:11 PM   #10
Zin
On your what?!?
 
Zin's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Lakewood, CO
Bikes:
Posts: 2,317
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Drive=10 minutes
Bike:~25 minutes(longer and safer route than I drive)
__________________
---
Former 340# Type 2 Diabetic.
My web site.
Proud member of Colorado's Best Cycling Club - Club Hypoxia
Zin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-22-04, 01:17 PM   #11
madhouse
Senior Member
 
madhouse's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Podunc, Minnesota
Bikes: 07 Sun EZ-Rider, 04 Fuji Royale, 97 Giant ATX890, 89 Burley Duet, 86 Trek 560
Posts: 415
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Drive 15 minutes door to door
Bike 45 min +/- 15 with wind plus time to shower and change
madhouse is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-22-04, 01:39 PM   #12
PaulBravey
Senior Member
 
PaulBravey's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: San Rafael, CA
Bikes:
Posts: 532
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Drive: anywhere between 15 minutes and 45 minutes on the freeway depending on traffic. If I take the same route I have to take on the bike it's 30-35 minutes.
Bike: 40-45 minutes depending on traffic lights and how lazy I'm feeling plus shower and change time.
PaulBravey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-22-04, 01:43 PM   #13
AJRoberts
Stays crunchy in milk
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Richmond Hill, ON
Bikes:
Posts: 129
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Drive 30-40 min
Bus 45-50 min
Bike travel 30 min + 10 min to clean up /change, so it ends up being approx. the same time as the car.
AJRoberts is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-22-04, 01:49 PM   #14
CitiZen
3speed
 
CitiZen's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan
Bikes: Breezer Citizen
Posts: 128
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
From driveway to parking lot on the Vespa: 14 minutes
From front porch to inside office building on my bicycle: 33 minutes
I take the same route regardless of vehicle; I'm just not a strong rider.
CitiZen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-22-04, 02:10 PM   #15
SaskCyclist
The Land of Living Skies
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Regina, Saskatchewan
Bikes: Kona Hahannah, Rocky Mountain RC-30
Posts: 307
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
30-35 minutes taking the long way by bike plus change time(a wise man once said it was about the journey not the speed); 20-25 minutes by bike same route as driving plus change time; 15-30 minutes driving
SaskCyclist is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-22-04, 02:35 PM   #16
jasoncd
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Edmonton, AB
Bikes: Kona Hahanna
Posts: 16
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Drive: 18 minutes (same route as bike) 15 Minutes (quicker route that would be unsafe for bike - freeway)
Bike: 22 - 27 Minutes (depends on wind and how hard I want to push)
Distance: 11.25KM

All of these times are based on summer riding. Winter creates longer times for both car and bike. Essentially by biking I can cram a 50 minute workout into my schedule everyday
jasoncd is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-22-04, 02:43 PM   #17
PaulH
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: Washington, DC
Bikes:
Posts: 3,336
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 8 Post(s)
30 minutes by bike, wear office clothing so no change time
15 minutes by car, plus 10 minutes driveway and parking time - 25 minutes
50 minutes by Metro

Interestingly, the trip to work is about the same for bike and car due to the need to back out the garage and driveway and find/pay for parking. The car drive home is about 15 minutes -- significantly faster.

If there is significant snow, the car trip can be well over an hour, whereas the bike trip goes up by 5 minutes. The peace of mind regarding not getting stuck is a benefit of winter cycling.

Paul
PaulH is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-22-04, 02:44 PM   #18
Jessica
cut my gas use in half
 
Jessica's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Sacramento, CA
Bikes: walmart beater, Dahon boardwalk, A bike, schwinn tandem
Posts: 324
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
car-20min mostly freeway
bike plus lite rail boost-70 min
bike alone-90 min if i do not stop to shop (which I do...)

but also, I get the exercise, i lose the gas and insurance expense, and I LIKE IT, instead of being frustrated and angry. Also, only once did bike or lite rail fail me in last 6 months, Car would have hit BAD traffic at least once a month....
Jessica
Jessica is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-22-04, 02:47 PM   #19
Jessica
cut my gas use in half
 
Jessica's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Sacramento, CA
Bikes: walmart beater, Dahon boardwalk, A bike, schwinn tandem
Posts: 324
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Oh, oh oh, I forgot, bus and lite rail, 120 minutes
Jessica is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-22-04, 02:54 PM   #20
westman2003
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
westman2003's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Calgary
Bikes: Norco MTB
Posts: 96
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Jessica

That's quite a ride, I'm impressed!
westman2003 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-22-04, 03:20 PM   #21
ofofhy
Chronic Tai Shan
 
ofofhy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: PHL/BAL
Bikes: Pake Single Speed
Posts: 1,118
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Bus = 20 min

Bike = 10 min
ofofhy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-22-04, 05:29 PM   #22
DanO220
SoCal Commuter
 
DanO220's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Agua Dulce, CA
Bikes: Surly Crosscheck single/9 speed convertible, Novara Buzz beater
Posts: 592
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Driving... 50 minutes to an hour
Riding... 2 hours + 15 minutes to change
I throw my bike in the van for the ride home

DanO
DanO220 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-22-04, 06:33 PM   #23
trickdog
Senior Member
 
trickdog's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Somehere West of The Rockies
Bikes: 2005 MTB
Posts: 134
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Walk/Bus/Rapid Transit/Walk = 1 hour (only did this once....)

Car: 12-15 minutes to work (early 4:00am)
20-25 minutes in afternoon rush hour on the way home

Bike to work: 20-25 minutes (early 4:00am) (big downhills)
Bike home: 35-40 minutes (big uphills..)
trickdog is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-22-04, 06:46 PM   #24
Michel Gagnon
Year-round cyclist
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Montréal (Québec)
Bikes:
Posts: 3,023
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Walk : 35 minutes (I am a fast walker)
Car : 25 minutes (includes time to find a parking spot and walk to the office)
Bus : 18 minutes (including an average 5-minute wait)

And the winner is...
Bicycle : 12 minutes (including time to lock and unload the bike).
Michel Gagnon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-22-04, 06:55 PM   #25
ollo_ollo
Senior Member
 
ollo_ollo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: Near Sublimity Orygun
Bikes: Still have a few left!
Posts: 3,634
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 34 Post(s)
Bike 12 to 20 minutes
Car 7 to 12 minutes depending on route, 7 minutes involves driving about 1/2 the distance on freway which takes under 2 minutes. Alternative is put, put down the main drag at 35 mph.
Bus would require a transfer & take about 40 minutes because of wait times but I could ride the bus for free. Don
ollo_ollo is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 11:17 AM.