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Old 02-08-13, 03:50 AM   #26
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That was a fun day to commute. -17c and totally frozen the whole way. Took twice as long to get anywhere but the feeling when I got there was amazing.
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Old 02-08-13, 03:55 AM   #27
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I'm happy to begin with... commuting by bike is just one of the things I do because I enjoy it.

Hello neighbor . . .
I agree. Happy people do happy stuff.
My commute utilizes trails through Cherokee and Beargrass . . . Instead of angry angry car people I see Herons, Hawks and other assorted wildlife. Add the bike factor-- cant really think of a better way to start/finish a work day.
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Old 02-08-13, 06:32 AM   #29
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I feel better in the morning after exercise which can be bike commuting or, as I did today, walking in (4km, 2.5mi).
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It sure does. Nothing like the feeling of looking forward to a ride home at night after a days work. Its funny how for some commuters they can cruise along in the dedicated bike lane passing all the cars with ease that are grid locked and they look at the bike rider in disgust and jealous. But for me its kind of the opposite where if I drove it would take 20mins, and when I commute it takes 1 hour. All the cars are passing me and I can tell some are thinking "that poor guy on the bike, that looks awfully slow and hard to do".
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Old 02-08-13, 07:04 AM   #31
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Yes. It makes me feel good, and young. Driving has the exact opposite effect.
Me too.

And here's a news article that says cyclists are the happiest of all commuters.

http://grist.org/news/cyclists-are-t...rce=newsletter
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Old 02-08-13, 07:13 AM   #32
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Yes. I always feel better after I ride and start getting cranky when I can't ride due to bad weather, travel, work, etc.
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Old 02-08-13, 09:15 AM   #33
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Yes, when it's raining I have the path to myself

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F9-Kv...=ULZPXqq7j-6oU
ive never seen the greenway so dead! i wish it was like that when its nice out so i could just blast through there
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the Danes have been rated the happiest people alive.

coincidence? i think not!
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Old 02-08-13, 09:38 AM   #35
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Happy? Not sure, but it is contributing factor. I know without a doubt that cycling regularly is essential to my overall mental health which in turn makes being happy more achievable and consistent. So it's not all of it but it's a part of the equation.
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Happiness isn't attributed to one thing in life. Commuting certainly makes me happier.
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Definitely. I agree with the sentiment that driving has the opposite effect, too.

I love the "Bikeyface" comic, and the concept that people get that "bikeyface" when they are on their bikes. So true!
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riding a bike makes me happy. it has become essential to my mental well-being.

so commuting by bike makes me happy. commuting by train makes me "meh".

i try to stay off the train as much as possible.
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Old 02-08-13, 11:19 AM   #39
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ive never seen the greenway so dead! i wish it was like that when its nice out so i could just blast through there
The path is also mostly empty on cold days

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJA9SXNTsd8
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Old 02-08-13, 11:50 AM   #40
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it's less that cycle commuting feels great, and more that driving to work sucks. Yes, the occasional buzzing truck/redneck can dampen the ride, but I find myself getting much more frustrated when I'm driving in the same lane as the other idiots out there, glued to their cellphone, driving like a drunk, etc etc.
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Old 02-08-13, 12:00 PM   #41
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Yes. I always feel better after I ride and start getting cranky when I can't ride due to bad weather, travel, work, etc.
+1. Same here.
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Old 02-08-13, 12:27 PM   #42
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Yes! And fun! The feeling is the same as when I was a little kid.
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Old 02-08-13, 02:37 PM   #43
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Heck yeah it makes me happy. I have 7 employees at the restaurant I run, and the first thing they ask me every morning was whether I rode my bike to work. They know: If I ride, I'm in a great mood; if I drive, they steer clear.
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I would add “heroic’ to happy. When I’m carefully dressing in layers for my winter commute, making sure everything is in place and adjusted, I envision an astronaut preparing for a mission. When I arrive, all pumped up from the ride, and I walk down the hall swathed in my winter gear, helmet on my head, I think about the scene from the movie, “The Right Stuff.” where the astronauts stride down a corridor in their space suits to the Hallelujah Chorus.

See this movie trailer, at 2:58: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QuR1p7UdI2Y
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Old 02-08-13, 02:40 PM   #45
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I wouldn't do it if I didn't love it.
Simple as that. Everything else -- exercise, earth stewardship, saving money -- is gravy.
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Old 02-08-13, 02:57 PM   #46
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I would add “heroic’ to happy. When I’m carefully dressing in layers for my winter commute, making sure everything is in place and adjusted, I envision an astronaut preparing for a mission. When I arrive, all pumped up from the ride, and I walk down the hall swathed in my winter gear, helmet on my head, I think about the scene from the movie, “The Right Stuff.” where the astronauts stride down a corridor in their space suits to the Hallelujah Chorus.
The words "toy" and "play" seem to be appropriate at this time When I ride I am Captain Picard!
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Old 02-08-13, 07:59 PM   #47
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Simple question. Does commuting make you happy, and if so, why?
The actual act of commuting to work by bike sucks for me. Getting anywhere without a car makes me happy and lessens the number of days I have to go to work. So in a backhanded kinda way - commuting by bicycle makes me happy, CAReFREE, and work-lite.
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Yes, it does! Sometimes, I think about why I started commuting to school. Is it because it saves money, it's good exercise, it's convienient, it's good for the environment, or maybe just because it's just fun? Who knows?!

While it can be a struggle some days, it is relaxing and it's a great way to get to know your city.
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The actual act of commuting to work by bike sucks for me.
I'm extremely surprised to read this in one of your posts! Why do you say that? You're a seasoned veteran of the two-wheel world. Generally (with some exceptions) I look forward to a commute like a kid looking forward to playing with his toy lol
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Getting anywhere without a car makes me happy and lessens the number of days I have to go to work. So in a backhanded kinda way - commuting by bicycle makes me happy, CAReFREE, and work-lite.
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Yes. But I'm kind of chirpy anyways.
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