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    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.
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    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.

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    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.

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    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...

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    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.
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    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.

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    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.

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    Walk = 20 minutes
    Bus = 20 minutes
    Drive = 5 minutes + time to park and walk to building
    Bike = 5 minutes
    i may have overreacted

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    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.

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    Drive=10 minutes
    Bike:~25 minutes(longer and safer route than I drive)

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    Drive 15 minutes door to door
    Bike 45 min +/- 15 with wind plus time to shower and change

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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
    And I am sure there are other choices I haven't thought of, yet...

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    cut my gas use in half Jessica's Avatar
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    Oh, oh oh, I forgot, bus and lite rail, 120 minutes
    And I am sure there are other choices I haven't thought of, yet...

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    Jessica

    That's quite a ride, I'm impressed!
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    Bus = 20 min

    Bike = 10 min

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    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

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    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..)

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    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
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    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
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