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    Logistically, what's your back up plan?

    Okay, what is your Plan B for when your normal commute routine gets out of whack?

    I'm trying to figure out mine and could use some inspiration...
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    Train, bus or cab, all of which are plentiful along my 15 mile route.
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    Phone a friend, get a ride.

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    Well...
    Should my primary commuter (somewhat modified MEC Desire) suffer a catastrophic failure or becomes unavailable for some reason then I move on to bike #2 (Dahon Cadenza - love that bike but don't really like regular commuting on my folder (its a wear and tear thing)).
    If bike #2 suffers a failure or becomes unavailable (or if I'm extra sore, have excess cargo to haul or... whatever) then I'll move on to my ebikes. Only if none of my bikes are available will I take the car or, dog forbid, take transit. I'll walk to work before I use transit. Yuck. Feh. Blech.

    I pretty much save the ebikes for my wife and/or friends or late night high speed/longer-than-usual joyriding, hauling cargo, those sort of things.

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    Google maps? Bus? Do you have friends?
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    Take a company van home.

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    Don't really understand the question, but here are my main commute options in preferred order
    -ride 9 miles each way. free! 40 mins
    -ride 3.5 mi each way, park + drive remaining 5 mi. costs a bit of gas. 35 mins
    -drive 9 mi to work, park there. costs $11 + gas. 25 mins.
    -ride 3 mi on spare bike to lock at train station, take train to work. costs $6, 45 mins
    -drive 3 mi to train station, park there, take train to work. costs $11.50 + gas, 45 mins

    i can also get a bus+train combo although that takes ages.

    if i have a full mech breakdown i can call home and get my bike picked up. it's happened once when i had no spare tube.

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    why not do what 99 percent of employees do on a regular basis? at least the ones i worked with.

    call in sick...

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    Quote Originally Posted by hueyhoolihan View Post
    why not do what 99 percent of employees do on a regular basis? at least the ones i worked with.

    call in sick...
    Not so much the inbound trip- it's more likely I'll hit a snag on the return home. My immediate boss has no problem with me catching a ride with the delivery van, but we are unsure how the higher ups would feel about it. If they find out (and her boss is due for a visit by the end of this month) and won't allow the bike in the van (I can think of a couple reasons from a LP/HR POV why I shouldn't), then I basically have two options (short of finding another job closer to home- which I've already started that process):

    -Lock my bike up at a c-store in my town that's not too far from the turnpike, continue on to the normal bus route, then catch ride from work to the c-store, and ride home. Would probably be a wise idea to seek permission from c-store management before doing so.

    -Get a folder and hope I can hitch a ride with someone going in the same direction as I am from work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by idc View Post
    Don't really understand the question, but here are my main commute options in preferred order
    -ride 9 miles each way. free! 40 mins
    -ride 3.5 mi each way, park + drive remaining 5 mi. costs a bit of gas. 35 mins
    -drive 9 mi to work, park there. costs $11 + gas. 25 mins.
    -ride 3 mi on spare bike to lock at train station, take train to work. costs $6, 45 mins
    -drive 3 mi to train station, park there, take train to work. costs $11.50 + gas, 45 mins

    i can also get a bus+train combo although that takes ages.

    if i have a full mech breakdown i can call home and get my bike picked up. it's happened once when i had no spare tube.
    If my commute was less than 10 miles like yours, I wouldn't have needed to post this thread. However, I have a 52 mile door-to-door (r/t) by car and the Interstate.
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    Quote Originally Posted by no1mad View Post
    Not so much the inbound trip- it's more likely I'll hit a snag on the return home. My immediate boss has no problem with me catching a ride with the delivery van, but we are unsure how the higher ups would feel about it. If they find out (and her boss is due for a visit by the end of this month) and won't allow the bike in the van (I can think of a couple reasons from a LP/HR POV why I shouldn't), then I basically have two options (short of finding another job closer to home- which I've already started that process):

    -Lock my bike up at a c-store in my town that's not too far from the turnpike, continue on to the normal bus route, then catch ride from work to the c-store, and ride home. Would probably be a wise idea to seek permission from c-store management before doing so.

    -Get a folder and hope I can hitch a ride with someone going in the same direction as I am from work.
    here's what i did:

    went to work. left bike outside (strike 1). left paniers on bike with keys to house (strike 2). panniers stolen (stirrriiiiiikkkeee 3).

    solution? sleep under desk.

    i was a contract employee at the time and got a new one chewed out from my company rep for that. something about being "unprofessional"
    or some such blather. told him to take a hike.

    next day took bus home and had keys made. nothing to it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by no1mad View Post
    If my commute was less than 10 miles like yours, I wouldn't have needed to post this thread. However, I have a 52 mile door-to-door (r/t) by car and the Interstate.
    How are you bicycling that far anyway? Mine is 49 miles one way. I ride 9 miles to catch a bus that eventually gets me to work. If I don't feel like riding or need to carry run errands or carry stuff that won't fit in my bus schedule I ride my motorcycle. That would be almost 10 bucks a day in gas. If that failed or if there was a bunch of snow I could drive my pickup but I don't know what that would cost, probably 20 bucks a day.
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    Ride home, stop at the neighbor's and get my extra key.
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    Quote Originally Posted by enigmaT120 View Post
    How are you bicycling that far anyway? Mine is 49 miles one way. I ride 9 miles to catch a bus that eventually gets me to work. If I don't feel like riding or need to carry run errands or carry stuff that won't fit in my bus schedule I ride my motorcycle. That would be almost 10 bucks a day in gas. If that failed or if there was a bunch of snow I could drive my pickup but I don't know what that would cost, probably 20 bucks a day.
    Never have and doubtful if I ever will. The cycling distance used to be 4-12 miles (avg 10) depending on errands. Now, it's less than 3 miles a day.
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    My commute ranges from 39 steps to my shop, to 8km (one way) to the co-op, to a 50 km cycle commute to the frame shop.

    If I am in the city I can just throw my bike on a bus (although this has never happened) and if I am in the country can call my partner if I have a road emergency and he will drive out to meet me although this has never been needed.

    I have so very few mechanical failures... might have something to do with being a bike mechanic... last failure was component related and I had to walk 3 km back to the co-op and fabricate a replacement part.

    If my A bike was unavailable, which would be the bike I planned to use, I could use my b, c, d, e, f , g, h, i, j, k, l, or m bikes instead.


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    My commute is only 3 miles one way. Going to work, backup is my car. Coming home, backup would be a) walk it home b) call wife for a pickup c) ask a co-worker for a ride. Haven't had to do A or C yet. Had to do B once when I got suddenly ill.

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    If I was at work and couldn't bike home, I'd call my neighbor Ken to see if he was still at work and get a ride with him. So, you could try calling Ken.

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    My short commute can be walked. I can also take a bus.

    When I lived farther away, I once had to call a friend for a ride when I had an unfixable flat. That works if you don't have to do it often.
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    Quote Originally Posted by no1mad View Post
    Okay, what is your Plan B for when your normal commute routine gets out of whack?

    I'm trying to figure out mine and could use some inspiration...
    Have the wife drop me off, or pick me up.

    Kind of depends on how out of whack, though. Is it some small problem that I can quickly and easily fix? How much time do I have to fix it? Going to work I don't usually have much spare time. Getting off work and heading home I usually have hours. I also weigh how long it will take to fix the problem against how long I will have to wait for her to get there, load up, and drive back.

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    Okay, I think I have the foundation for a Plan B now. Either have the oldest child keep her house key with her at all times or give one to my mom (the babysitter). They can get in the house and pack an overnight bag for a sleep-over. I can then make my way to where my wife works and ride home with her. I'd just have to figure out what to do for roughly 8 hours....

    And that's if there is a temporary disruption to the normal delivery run. If they suspend it altogether (as is being evaluated as a cost cutting measure), then I'll be scrambling to figure something else out.
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    I cannot even imagine my commute being so out of whack that I couldn't ride my bike, and if it was, I probably would be on disability and I would be unable to perform my job, making commuting to work a mute point.

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    I ride with a tool for everything on my bike, a spare tube, and a set of patches. In the unlikely event that I suffer a mechanical failure that I can't fix on the road, I would throw my bike on the rack on the bus and ride to within walking distance of home. If for some reason I couldn't or I couldn't ride for a non-mechanical-failure reason, I'd call my girlfriend to pick me and my bike up. Failing that, there's probably someone else that I know that I could ask to give me a ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by no1mad View Post
    Okay, I think I have the foundation for a Plan B now. Either have the oldest child keep her house key with her at all times or give one to my mom (the babysitter). They can get in the house and pack an overnight bag for a sleep-over. I can then make my way to where my wife works and ride home with her. I'd just have to figure out what to do for roughly 8 hours....

    And that's if there is a temporary disruption to the normal delivery run. If they suspend it altogether (as is being evaluated as a cost cutting measure), then I'll be scrambling to figure something else out.
    Just read all the posts, and only in this one did it become clear what you were asking.

    People assumed that you were asking what to do if something happened so you couldn't do your cycle commute: a reasonable supposition in the commute section of cycling forum.

    But your actual question was how to get home if your lift fell through, with kids needing looking after. Sounds like you have come up with a good plan.

    However, assuming you are reasonably fit and it's not motorway/freeway: why not cycle the 26 miles home? Not a long term solution, but a good one in an emergency.

    Dealing with the bigger problem of how to make a 52 mile round trip without a car or a lift on a regular basis? If there are no public transport solutions, then it's finding someone to share with, buying a car, or finding a new job.

    I don't think you can work, raise a family and cycle 50+ miles a day.
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    Post #23 pretty much nailed it. I could use the bus like I used to for the return. That would leave me roughly 13 miles along a divided 4 lane with rolling hills to get home via my own power....

    Is it doable? Yes. Would I enjoy it? Not a chance- especially with my current equipment.
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    Got two bikes suitable for my commute or I can drive or ride the bus.
    My wife is home when I am riding home so in a pinch I could always make "the call of shame" and have her come pick me up. Have yet to do that and hope to never have to.
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