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View Poll Results: How do you go to work if not by bike?
drive (car, motercycle, truck,...) 50 55.56%
take a ride, or taxi 0 0%
bus, subway, train 29 32.22%
scooter, skateboard 1 1.11%
walk/jog 6 6.67%
carriage (horse-pulled or man-pedalled) 0 0%
swim, ice-skate, ski, or fly 0 0%
other 4 4.44%
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Old 02-04-14, 07:15 PM   #26
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They got rid of the taxi on base, so if I can't ride I don't go.

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Old 02-05-14, 07:03 AM   #27
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I really don't have another other options other than cycling or driving to work. Although we have a decent bus system, the routes are such that it would take me about 90 minutes each way to commute by bus -- which is considerably longer than it takes me to ride. Before I started bike commuting, I carpooled several days a week with one of my coworkers but that doesn't work now that I cycle most days. However, I have several coworkers who can give me "emergency rides" home if bad weather pops up in the afternoons.
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Old 02-05-14, 08:18 AM   #28
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I drive the one car my bride and I share when the weather is bad which has been the case for most of this winter.
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Old 02-05-14, 01:16 PM   #29
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So you fill up with gas in your Insight what, every 2 or 3 months?
More like every 2 months since the Insight occasionally gets used for a trip to the grocery or out to eat with my wife or a weekend ride that requires a drive to the start.

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Old 02-05-14, 01:23 PM   #30
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bus/jog/kayak in that order

i drive to work if i must (picking up a colleague from the airport, etc...)
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Old 02-05-14, 01:39 PM   #31
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Man, it would be so awesome to kayak to work. About a year and a half ago I lived in a place where that would have been possible, but I'm pretty sure the navy guys in the coast patrol ships wouldn't be too happy.

It's a shame, because the water's about 100' from my office!

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bus/jog/kayak in that order
Kayak.... could be swimming? I'd think swimming would be even a better way to commute than riding a bike.
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Old 02-05-14, 01:45 PM   #33
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Kayak.... could be swimming? I'd think swimming would be even a better way to commute than riding a bike.
Perhaps, it's about 10km and the current can be strong.

I bought a crap one that I leave outside the flat and the mooring platform is literally 5m from the front door of the building.

There's also a boathouse about 20m from the office, where the students do crew.
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I think there is a way to allow for multiple selections. There are some occasions where I need to have my car for logistical reasons, so I drive. If weather puts me off the bike its a bus from the train station, and a half mile walk.
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i walk or stay at home. in fact, one of the things i really dislike about europe is the tendency of people to take public transport for even short trips. it's no wonder obesity is skyrocketing in europe.

http://www.dw.de/rising-eu-obesity-r...els/a-16821112
http://www.thelocal.de/20130807/51259
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If I can't ride, I walk or take the bus. Sometimes I walk just because I feel like it. (3 mile commute) I hardly ever drive unless I'm going out of town; I don't even own a car.

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+1 Kayak...I wish...
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bus/jog/kayak in that order

i drive to work if i must (picking up a colleague from the airport, etc...)
How about triathlon to work?
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I didn't address the last part of your question. I would rather be on the bike. My commute is 7 miles driven to a train station, 55 miles to Orange County, then five to work. Today the bike stayed in the car at the station and I took a bus 4 miles and walked a half mile because I had to take something into work that would have been difficult to carry on the bike.

I do occasionally ride the 7 miles to the train station in the morning, but that requires getting up earlier and wife resist my going to bed early enough for that.

So far this year I have driven the entire 65 mile commute twice, left the bike and did the bus/walk thing about two or three times. Freeway burnout is a big deal and I would hate this job if I had to do that drive every day. Cost isn't that big a factor since the Pontiac Vibe (Toyota Matrix, i.e. Corolla Wagon clone) gets decent mileage. It is the inane morning radio BS trying too hard to be funny that makes me crazy. I would rather be reading or working on the laptop, which the train makes possible.

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At least you have a train available, on which I'm sure you can relax, read, browse the interwebz or whatever. Some people do drive that distance every day because there is no other mode available, and I know it's miserable. When I started work after college I was driving 50 miles each way, and it took an hour because there was very little traffic most of that route. But even that got REALLY old.
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I guess I could take the bus or walk, it's only 3 miles. But I haven't had to do that in 9 months.
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I have a really easy, convenient & fast commuter rail commute to my office for days when i don't ride my bike. i live 3 blocks from one of the main commuter rail hubs in downtown chicago and my office up in the burbs is a 2 block walk from the train station in downtown evanston.

it's a little too easy & convenient for my liking because it's easy to make excuses not to ride because my train commute is so simple and fast.


re: kayak commuting

years ago i would very occasionally commute home from work via my folding kayak. i would take my folding kayak on the train with me in the morning, and then after work i'd take my kayak over to the river and paddle the 14 miles back to my condo tower. it would take nearly 4 hours, so it was certainly not the quickest way home, but as a footloose bachelor i had loads of free time to kill in those days. life these days does not allow for that much anymore. and i no longer live in the same condo tower that had a marina in the basement right on the river, so it wouldn't be nearly as easy anymore to do the occasional kayak commute home. it's too bad, those were fun times.

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could be swimming? I'd think swimming would be even a better way to commute than riding a bike.
Turns out a swimming commute will be possible in Paris! I can't wait to see that happening!
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re: kayak commuting

years ago i would very occasionally commute home from work via my folding kayak. i would take my folding kayak on the train with me in the morning, and then after work i'd take my kayak over to the river and paddle the 14 miles back to my condo tower. it would take nearly 4 hours, so it was certainly not the quickest way home, but as a footloose bachelor i had loads of free time to kill in those days. life these days does not allow for that much anymore. and i no longer live in the same condo tower that had a marina in the basement right on the river, so it wouldn't be nearly as easy anymore to do the occasional kayak commute home. it's too bad, those were fun times.
i like it but it's been quite cold lately (it's good when I have an open morning and light afternoon schedule ... due to darkness)

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How about triathlon to work?
I meant in order of preference ... sorry
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i walk or stay at home. in fact, one of the things i really dislike about europe is the tendency of people to take public transport for even short trips. it's no wonder obesity is skyrocketing in europe.

http://www.dw.de/rising-eu-obesity-r...els/a-16821112
http://www.thelocal.de/20130807/51259
hmmm...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Ob...son_-_path.svg
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Old data...those commies in yurp are catching up with us murricans fast.
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Old data...those commies in yurp are catching up with us murricans fast.
to be serious, for a second, it should plotted as a curve (μ 2σ) and then we could plot that versus time and compare the slope of US-5y to EU_now, but that won't happen.

personally, I know that the English beer is too good and the workload too high to avoid gaining some weight. i think i'm up to 80kg at 188cm, which is quite heavy for me
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They built cities in oxbows for Siege defense , but that doesn't defend them from the river itself ..
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I take public transpo about 10 times per year. I would say almost all of those trips are due to cycling related injury or bicycle theft/repair.
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