Advice needed from those commuting-or have considered it
I've given a lot of thought to commuting, but probably will not for a several reasons. My job requires me to leave my office and travel to customer locations-many times on short notice. Their facilities can be 60-90 miles away so getting to their office on a bike while doable is not practical. I guess they just like to see my smiling face?? However there are still many days I'm in the office so I could probably work around that scheduling issue.
While I have not looked at the statistics, it's pretty obvious to me that the people in the area I'm in are in too much of a hurry and way too distracted both in the mornings and evenings for me to feel safe enough to commute. We do not have bike lanes, and I'd need to be on the same roads folks are using in the mornings and afternoons. I guess I could leave a lot earlier-but around here there is a pretty wide band of time that folks are driving to and from work.
Our local roads are becoming more congested and people's patience and willingness to give room is dwindling. The infrastructure is already way to small for our needs. Plus the neighbors kids are now driving.....
I've always been careful about the roads I ride, time of day etc and am thinking to try and commute would greatly increase the chances of an unsafe event. It might be a reaction to one of our locals getting struck and killed while commuting-will continue to think about it.
Thoughts from those who commute?