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Old 05-02-06, 02:34 PM   #26
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I didn't look, but tell me Gene, did you just copy and paste your reply from 50+ ?
Nah, slight changes... the idea being that there are different "audiences," but the concept is the same... Bottom line is that the commute sucks, and there are so many much better bike rides around town.
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Old 05-02-06, 04:52 PM   #27
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My reasons:
1. Often, I bring in cases of soda pop, juice, chips, and other snacks to sell at work (on the side). Add my lunch bag and work clothes, and it's an awful load to be hauling with a bike. It's possible, but I like my riding to be more fun than work.

2. My job is very labour-intensive, and in the summertime, the heat can be unbearable. After labouring in such oppressive heat in the middle of summer, the last thing I want to do is pedal a bike under a hot sun. So excuuuuze me for crankin' up the A/C in my car to full blast after a hard days work on a hot day.

3. Temperatures in the wintertime do get extremely low during deep freezes; so much so, digits and skin are at risk.

That said, with nice temperatures and when I don't have as much to haul into work, I think I would like to try a bike commute. It's just never going to become a regular thing for me.
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Old 05-02-06, 05:19 PM   #28
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I don't commute by bicycle because it is something that I have no desire to do. Every now and then, I'll ride my bike to work. Other than that, I drive.

But if you want excuses, the roads are too narrow and the drivers are too impatient, and I frequently have to carry personal equipment with me that can weigh over 100 lbs.
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Old 05-02-06, 05:51 PM   #29
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Lots of reasons in no particular order.

Any job I've had would take longer to commute to by bike, significantly longer which means getting up earlier.

No shower facilities and arriving sweaty is not acceptable in a professional position.

My current commute has only 2 reasonable routes. The freeway and the road right next to it. On a bike that means one route and I've driven the access road and know first hand how the drivers on it feel. Often traffic is 60 on this road, until it narrows down from 2 lanes to 1 each way. When it narrows it goes to no shoulder at all. This section is also a huge drop down into a ravine and back up. And the kicker is at the bottom the road has sustained quite a bit of damage. Not what I'd like to do with a car less than 10 feet back which is exactly what would happen.

Honestly this section is OK when traffic is either really good or really bad. Good and everyone stays on the freeway. Bad and it comes to a standstill and even on the uphill part a bike will be faster than a car. But in between, which is 4 out of 5 days it is full of cars trying to get past the jam on the freeway and hoping to get through the narrow part before things jam up on hte side road too. Not my idea of fun. (In a car or on a bike).
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I don't commute because then I would be a commutist. and have to wear a beret and a red arm band.
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Old 05-02-06, 06:36 PM   #31
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NEED car for work. Typical is a call from a client asking me to come to their office, or a county office, or a construction site in the next hour or so, anywhere from 5 to 50 miles by highway, and I often need carry rolls of drawings or material samples, like bricks, and I need to arrive in a suit. Today I had to go 12 miles to the building permit office, twice, with rolls of drawings for different projects.

And long work days. Typical day is 7 am to 9 or 10 pm. With so little free time I'd rather do the 5 to 10 minute drive from home than spend 45 minutes commuting on the bike.

That said, I commute by bike when I can.
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40 miles to work. Start at 5:00 AM

40 miles back. End at 3:30 PM.

Just too far for a daily commute. I have other things to do besides bicycle all day.

But I HAVE ridden to work and back!
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200 pounds of tools needing to be transported to a site 30 miles away by 7:30 AM and a persistant need to run around to hardware stores negates a bike commute.
Now ya see, if you folks from that state up north did more 30 mile commutes with 200lbs in a trailer, you might just have a shot of beating our Buckeyes once in a while...maybe (but not likely).
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I don't commute because then I would be a commutist. and have to wear a beret and a red arm band.
The beret would be an improvement over the mouse ears, don't you think?
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It's nice to see folks speak up about how the realities of working for a living can make cycle commuting seem less than practical. I love riding to and from work, but there are some days when riding just isn't practical or I just plain don't feel like it. I don't let much of anything stop me from riding, but I don't feel like a failure if I decide to drive. I don't ever want getting on my bike to be a 'chore' or feel like work, so when I don't feel like riding, I don't.
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A 40 mile one way commute on one of the busiest roads in the Southeast.
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Old 05-02-06, 09:06 PM   #37
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My commute would be 45 miles one-way. Adding warm up and cool down time, the commute would be ten hours on a good day. If only I didn't need to sleep.
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I don't commute because then I would be a commutist. and have to wear a beret and a red arm band.
Thats ok comrad velonomad you will see the light soon.
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Old 05-02-06, 09:28 PM   #39
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i don't have a job

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I don't ever want getting on my bike to be a 'chore' or feel like work, so when I don't feel like riding, I don't.
This is awesome.

I don't ride very often becuase I'm out of town a lot, and when I'm home I usually can't get a good place to lock up. When I'm home and working one place for a while, and there's a safe place to lock up, then I ride. If I have to be at work really early I'll take the train because I don't want to be caught exhausted at the end of a 18+ hour work day.
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Old 05-02-06, 09:53 PM   #41
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I don't commute because then I would be a commutist. and have to wear a beret and a red arm band.

No,the word you are looking for is Commutant.
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It seems we get a new thread monthly asking folks why the DO commute (especially in the Commuting forum, obviously), but a thread asking why people DON'T commute was started in the 50+ forum and I think it is a darned good subject for a thread for everyone, especially in these times of high fuel costs and environmental damage.

So tell us, why DON'T you use your bicycle to commute to/from work or school?

Note: No lambasting, calling people lazy or other such nonsense. This thread is for discussion of the reasons why folks don't commute and suggestions/perspectives that might help them to do so.
I dont want to ride in the dark in the morning.
I dont want to ride in the traffic in the afternoon.
There isnt a bikelane to my work.
Somebody would **** me up in the morning,bad part of town.
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1- Too dangerous to ride to work down here (bike unfriendly South Florida.)
2- No shower facilities at my office.
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1. 50 mile commute one way. If I could do that 2x a day everyday and make it a reasonable time, I think I'd quit my job and try to join the tour!

2. No shower at work. I don't care how much you ride, 50 miles and you are sweating. Especially in those nice midwest summers - 90 degrees and 90% humidity.
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Mine's the opposite. It's too short to make it worth the hassle of having to bring a change of clothes, hair dryer, makeup, etc., and it's over a very nasty highway interchange. I would rather drive home quickly and go for a 'real' ride after work.
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I have no reason not to. So I commute.
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30 miles with lunch, laptop and other 'gear' plus its Bussines casual. If I lived in town, I would.
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I live about 30 miles from work so it would take too long. Also a chunk of that mileage is through the Bronx.
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I already take the trolley and bus to get to school/work. I get all my class related reading done on the bus and really enjoy that as when I am home I don't have to use up my time reading. Plus, I only have to drive to work one day a week because I start early that day and the buses aren't running to the campus yet.

My job can be labor intensive and I wouldn't have the energy or desire to ride home and deal with 50 mph traffic and some hair-raising narrow areas. I could take the bus down this area and get off at a mall and then make a short-medium ride home mostly on a bike path, but for the final stretch I would have to cross another horrible traffic area. I don't even like driving in this area with rush hour traffic, much less ride through there.

I would consider biking to work, depending on where I am working in the future, but having a trolley station about 8 mins away walking distance and buses going 4 different directions within 10 minutes walking distance, it would probably be easier to continue using public transportation.
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