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  • It is good for the environment.

    54 45.38%
  • It is good for my heath.

    92 77.31%
  • I just like riding my bike.

    106 89.08%
  • I am too cheap to drive the car I can afford.

    27 22.69%
  • I cannot afford a car.

    6 5.04%
  • I am a court appointed cyclist.

    2 1.68%
  • I am a roadie getting in some weekday training.

    19 15.97%
  • I like being different.

    33 27.73%
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    Why do you Bike Commute?

    This is multiple choice. I have more than one of those reasons.

    Mine, in order of importance are 2,3,4,1, and 7.
    Last edited by CommuteCommando; 05-23-14 at 09:26 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CommuteCommando View Post
    Multiple answers acceptable
    Where's the poll ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bulevardi View Post
    05-23-14,08:21 AMWhere's the poll ?
    Check again.

    OP 05-23-14, 08:18 AM
    Last edited by CommuteCommando; 05-23-14 at 09:43 AM.
    Freedom is free. It's included in democracy. Democracy is hard. It involves dealing rationally with people you disagree with.

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    Any more, it's simply because that's how I get to work. It's normal, routine habit, and driving in would have to be for some exceptional reason - transporting something, body broken, that sort of thing.

    And I like the feeling of getting stronger, and otherwise improving physically, when the alternative is the gradual decay of aging.

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    Also to reduce road congestion, it's just as quick to ride my bike home at 5:00 as it is to drive, and I prefer the wind in my hair to being strapped into a stuffy box

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    "I just like riding my bike."

    yep, that just about perfectly sums it all up.

    no need to over think this one.
    The first rule: if you're riding a bike and not having fun, then you're doing it wrong.

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    I checked off all of them cept for the court appointed, too cheap, and no car... I actually happen to have two registered running vehicles, valid license, and insurance.. I just prefer not to use them if at all possible.. since I like to ride my damn bike
    “Let me never fall into the vulgar mistake of dreaming that I am persecuted whenever I am contradicted.”


    ― Ralph Waldo Emerson, Emerson in His Journals

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    I voted 2 and 3, but probably should have added 4. I used to drive when both my wife and I worked downtown and she got subsidized parking. After she went on maternity leave (1 year in Alberta) and lost her subsidized parking spot, I decided that we had better things to do with $250/month than spend it on parking. So, I guess that makes me too cheap to drive the car I have.

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    Quote Originally Posted by schiiism View Post
    Also to reduce road congestion, it's just as quick to ride my bike home at 5:00 as it is to drive, and I prefer the wind in my hair to being strapped into a stuffy box
    Wife once requested I drive to work so I could get home earlier. I ride a commuter train fifty miles to my commute and on that day the interstate was at a stand still when the train I would have been on passed me. She no longer does that.
    Freedom is free. It's included in democracy. Democracy is hard. It involves dealing rationally with people you disagree with.

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    Didn't include the choice of "hate traffic," so voted "court appointed," which will probably be underrepresented on BF.

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    You're missing two very important options!
    9. Owning a car is impractical for me or where I live.
    10. Mass transit in my area is either nonexistent or unreliable.

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    I Now live close in, I could walk .. but Its easier to ride my Bike , and Justifies having previously bought them .

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    Uh,
    Missing a few options.

    like:
    It makes me happy
    I could use the miles
    Doc prescribes miles
    I need the miles
    I'm much nicer all week, even though I only commute 1 day.

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    Along with "health" and "love riding", I checked the "I am too cheap" button, but that's not really it. I'm not too cheap, but I do love thinking about the money I'm not spending on my pickup truck when I'm riding.

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    I checked #2 , #3 and #7 but would have also added: I hate driving in freeway traffic! Part of my commute is on a Metro train that runs down the middle of a freeway and the train is always going faster than the motor traffic, even with station-stops.

    Rick / OCRR

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    I did not realize it was a multiple choice poll.

    My rank would be 3, 2, 1 and 8. But I am cheap, I do not want to have to pay extra gas, but not too cheap to afford a car (I am practical and love the car I have, though is someone gave me an Aston or '68 Camaro I would gladly take it).

    Also a choice should be it is as fast as driving and makes me much happier.

    I am cheap though I had a hard time justifiy a full strip down, clean, reface everything service after 8,000 km. I do not want to know what my bb looks like inside. But really $200 for a full strip and clean every year should be worth it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by andyprough View Post
    Along with "health" and "love riding", I checked the "I am too cheap" button, but that's not really it. I'm not too cheap, but I do love thinking about the money I'm not spending on my pickup truck when I'm riding.
    I think about all the cool cycling gear I can afford to buy with the money I save

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    It's good for the heath for sure; if you take the road. Who rides in heath anyway?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DunderXIII View Post
    It's good for the heath for sure; if you take the road. Who rides in heath anyway?
    Before someone answers, I'm a dad, and have 3 kids. I'm allowed to make bad jokes.

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    Enjoy riding
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    You, I don't generally think of you as clueless. You're kind of ok.
    I know next to nothing. I am frequently wrong.

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    Along with health and love riding, I use it as training for goal rides I like to do each year. I also like being different, but it is turning out that I'm more of a trend setter at work.

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    All of the above (not quite sure about the heath?). A more interesting poll would be why THE HELL are you using a car when you can bike?

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    Quote Originally Posted by schiiism View Post
    I think about all the cool cycling gear I can afford to buy with the money I save
    Not saving, just re-allocating.

    Anyways, for me i voted 1, 2, 3.

    - Andy
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    I bike commute so I can post in the "How was your commute today?" thread.

    And so I can sing, "I want to ride my bicycle! I want to ride my bike." over and over to myself.

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    I live and work in a city and finding parking is a nightmare. I can bike and be on time or drive my car the same distance and show up late from having to go treasure hunting for parking, pay the parking fee, all while paying for gas and getting more road rage than average from rush hour.

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