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View Poll Results: Years commuting
about a year 13 25.49%
2 - 5 years 26 50.98%
5 - 10 years 4 7.84%
10 + 8 15.69%
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Old 05-16-11, 09:16 PM   #1
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Car free commuters

How many do we have here ? I myself do not have a car and its been about a year and half of solid commuting by bike and PT sometimes. How about you ??
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Old 05-16-11, 09:33 PM   #2
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I just started commuting by bike (and bus) about a month or so ago. Very different world, but I wanted better control over my time than the bus alone would give me, and less expense than yet another cheap ass car. Still working the kinks out, but I do not think I will get another car for a while yet. All the money that would get sucked into repairs on the kind of car I can afford right now could either a) get a lot of other nice things, or b) get a better bike !
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Old 05-16-11, 09:35 PM   #3
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Old 05-16-11, 10:05 PM   #4
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I've never owned or driven a car but for years bought a monthly bus pass to commute to school and/or work. But I bought my bike back in 2005, a year later bike commuted once or twice a week, and then two years later I decided to use my bike as my primary form of transportation. That's about 3 years as a full time bike commuter. Bike commuting is much, much nicer than being stuck on a bus or train during rush hour.
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Old 05-16-11, 10:19 PM   #5
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I've been car-free for 11 years, but only rediscovered biking 4 years ago. Prior to that I was strictly a feet and transit traveler.

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Old 05-16-11, 10:22 PM   #6
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Four years, ever since I moved to Shanghai. Mostly ride to work on the subway, but since I bought my new bike last month I've been cycling to work 3 days a week.
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I've been commuting (and nearly everything else) by bike for thirty-five years. I can't imagine spending as much time in a car as some people do. I guess they can't imagine spending as much time on a bike as I do.
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I guess my motorcycle disqualifys me. I ride it about once a week and am hoping to get down to every two weeks.
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Old 05-17-11, 10:48 AM   #10
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I always bike commute, 16 miles round trip. But I live in the burbs, where being car free really isn't a viable option. I guess it's possible, but it would have to be a mission, even more than a life style choice.
I can go the whole work week without being in a car, but there's really no way practical out of this burb without driving.
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Old 05-17-11, 10:58 AM   #11
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I've actually been car free for commuting for almost 7 years. I answered 2-5 b/c I've been bike commuting for two years now. Before that I was a metro (subway) commuter.

I do have a car but use it mostly for infrequent errands and to get to places in the burbs (like one of my doctors).

Last year I put almost 3500 miles on my bike (most of them commuting) and less than 2000 on my now 17 year old car and that <2000 figure includes a round trip from DC to Pittsburgh.

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I have a car, but I commute ( and run some errands ) by bike because I prefer to. Still use the car, though.
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I've never had a car, and have ridden since high school. Didn't have a bike just after the army for about a year, then moved here and couldn't work so wasn't really "commuting". Went by bus for the first couple of winters until I figured out riding through winter was warmer than sitting waiting for a bus. Been working here for 13 years, so year round for 12? 11?
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I just started last week. I also never owned a car(except for 1 year). I've taken the train or bus to work. I used to bike commute 20 miles r/t. I stopped and have been paying for it since. My weight blew up(I have a very slow metabolism that exercise seems to help). I became depress ..exercise is also good mental therapy! I already in the 1st week feel better. I'm now commuting 12 miles r/t. about 2 to 3 days a week. Tomorrow is 90 to 100% chance of rain plus thunderstorms here. I'm addicted already I feel sad I can't ride tomorrow.
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I have a car, but I commute ( and run some errands ) by bike because I prefer to. Still use the car, though.
I have a car, but seemingly only use it to do chores for other people. I thought a car would be a labor saving device.
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I always bike commute, 16 miles round trip. But I live in the burbs, where being car free really isn't a viable option. I guess it's possible, but it would have to be a mission, even more than a life style choice.
I can go the whole work week without being in a car, but there's really no way practical out of this burb without driving.
Oh come on, you can do it. I grew up, and began cycling for all my transportation desires, in Pleasant Hill, just over the hill from you. I admit it was often more exciting than I wanted it to be during the rides up to Davis (over the Antioch Bridge), but it is doable.
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Switched to bike/bus commuting when the state announced they were putting a $7 toll on the bridge I drove across every day

Still have the car, but I took the key off my ring in favor of my bike lock key. I've filled the tank once in two months.
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I got rid of my car last July and have been commuting only via bike/train since. I have taken a cab a couple times when I needed to get some big stuff to the airport. My wife still has and uses a car. We have two young children, so getting to places like church in the winter really isn't much of an option with the kids on bikes only. But for myself, it has been strictly biking and train transit to work.
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I have been commuting by bike since June '08. Any time I leave the house, I am looking at 6 miles round trip minimum.
I knew when I started riding that I would be getting rid of the truck, that is why I bougt an Xtracycle. It took a couple of years to convince my wife that we could survive without the truck.
My wife still has and uses her van. I got rid of my truck in Jan, no regrets.
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I don't own a car, But I do drive once or twice a month depending on weather. So I guess just car-lite. Groceries and such I do by bike unless it's too much for my bike, like cat litter/food etc..
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Been commuting mainly by bike, public transit and motorcycle (yeah, motorized but it's still two-wheels) for about five years.
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I'm a car free commuter for 2 years now. I wouldn't dream of going back to a car. On terrible weather days where I need to appear presentable I will use PT.
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What does the poll have to do with the thread? Was it supposed to be a poll of years commuting car free?
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It's been about a year now. I was hit by a drunk driver who destroyed my car, and opted to commute by bike full-time and rent a car when occasionally needed, rather then replacing the car. So as of now I own 2 bikes and no car.

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I am w/o car these days. I will probably get another one though. That said, I seriously doubt I will ever use it to commute to work again into the city. There is nothing a car can add but massive expense and a larger belly (i.e. poor health). Not only does it make economic sense with a bike, public transit, and/or both -- I don't lose any time in my day if I add my commute time + my workout time. Thus, I lose no time in my evenings but I see large gains financially in savings in gas, parking expenses, car maintenance fees, bridge fees, and wear and tear (i.e. massive miles) on the automobile. My commute is 23 miles one way and I'm fortunate to live 3 miles from a dedicated bike path. And if I'm tired, I can hop any bus in greater Seattle with an all expense paid transit pass. So with bike, I pay ZERO dollars commuting to and from work + I get big gains in my personal health.
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