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LittleBigMan 05-15-02 08:23 PM

How do you travel?
 
Do you ever use your bike instead of your car? Do you use other forms of transportation?

Bbmoozer 05-15-02 09:11 PM

I fly a lot too...

Rich Clark 05-15-02 09:18 PM

In the last year:

Bike miles: about 5000
Car miles: about 4000
Commuter train miles: about 600
Amtrak miles: about 1000
Plane miles: about 5000 (one business trip to CA)
Foot miles: maybe 400? hard to say

No sled miles, it never snowed this year.

RichC

Dirtgrinder 05-15-02 09:18 PM

I had to vote drive everyday. I see a lot of posts degrading people who drive and understand that in a lot of cases it's a legitimate gripe. But I'd like to point out that in some cases it's just not feasible.
Take me for example. I'm a technician on call. I have to carry several boxes of parts, two toolboxes, oscilloscope, parts and service manuals, a laptop and occasionally other special tools. Not to mention some of my accounts are 100+ miles away. Also occasionally have to go to the airport, (about 20 miles), and pick up parts. And we have a four hour response time.
It would be nice to be able to commute by bike sometimes, but as you can plainly see, for me it would be absolutely impossible.
The plus side is I'm not stuck in an office all day. I actually like my job. :) (24 yrs in Oct.)

cyclezealot 05-16-02 12:56 AM

I use every form of transportation possible, that allows me to also include the bike. Example. My favorite LBS is 18 miles away in Carlsbad. So, The other day, at the shop had to pick up my newly re-spoked touring wheels.
So to get my new wheels to the shop I took the bus over along with bike and wheels and rode back. Vice versa when I picked up my wheels. never would I think of using a car, when viaiable to include the bike. Could not figure how to place the new spoked wheels on my bike and safely ride both ways? If I could- would have.
To include the bike and get a bike ride back, I have used the Coaster(train), Amtrak, and local buses, with bike along for the ride too. Never would I not try to manipulate a way to forget the car and leave it in the garage.

chewa 05-16-02 12:59 AM

At the moment I bike only but put down bike/bus/train as if I need to wear a good suit or if weather is dreadful, that's what I use.

nathank 05-16-02 01:01 AM

i chose "only train/bike" although "mostly bike, some train and a tiny bit car" would be more correct...

in the city/during the week:
* i ride my bike almost every day - to work (10km x 2) and for most errands in the city
* somtimes i take the subway - maybe 2-3 times a week when going out on the evenings or when i need a break from the bike (i hard training rides) or when it's waay acros town and on the subway line
* occaisonally ride with my girlfriend or friend - average 2-3 times per month

on the weekend/out of town:
* usually take the train and then ride from there (usually doing a bike trip anyway)
* sometimes catch a ride with a friend in a car (about 1-2 times per month)
* occaisonally borrow my girlfriend's car or i belong to 'car-sharing' where i can reserve a car when i need one - i've used car-sharing once in the last 7 months and borrowed my girlfriends's car about 2 times in 7 months

on the average i'm in a car about 1 time per week, the train/subway about 2 times per week and on my bike 6.7 times per week!

re-counted yesterday and i have 3200km (2000 miles) since Jan 1 2002!

nathank 05-16-02 01:08 AM

Quote:

Never would I not try to manipulate a way to forget the car and leave it in the garage.
cyclezealot

right on!

yeah, the last 4 years in the US (3 years Portland Oregon and 1 yr Massachusetts), that's how i was - i had a car but only drove an average of about 3 times per month. i used the bike unless there was a strong reason not too (carrying something big, or REALLY far away, etc.) i also used to do "creative" things like pull one of bikes in the trailer and leave one somewhere or pick something up (like your wheel example)

Ellie 05-16-02 02:47 AM

When I lived in Bournemouth I used the train a lot if I wasn't cycling. Now I've moved to a village where there is no station, and I've yet to see a bus. It's a 14 mile commute into work, and I bust my knee a couple of weekends ago. It's a lot better, but not quite up to a 28 mile round trip just yet, so it's the car for me at the moment. :(

And today is perfect cycling weather. :cry:

Ellie

MadCat 05-16-02 03:14 AM

I chose bike only. Every once in awhile, I take transit but only when I'm with those creepy non-cyclist types. It's so stressful takeing the bus.

One hassle I encounter when I bike everywhere is people insisting on giving me a ride in their car. My parents used to be really bad for it but they're catching on to the fact that I'd much rather bike across the city than sit couped up in a car. It's such an alien concept to motorists and it's not always easy to explain.

nathank 05-16-02 03:21 AM

Quote:

One hassle I encounter when I bike everywhere is people insisting on giving me a ride in their car.
Madcat

i know exactly what you mean...

it's cool that people are trying to be nice, but most just don't understand that i'd rather ride

it was especially bad when i used to commute to the office in Houston and every co-worker would ask me if i wanted a ride if they saw me leaving on the bike

The Toninator 05-16-02 07:53 AM

Quote:

Originally posted by nathank
Madcat

i know exactly what you mean...

it's cool that people are trying to be nice, but most just don't understand that i'd rather ride

it was especially bad when i used to commute to the office in Houston and every co-worker would ask me if i wanted a ride if they saw me leaving on the bike

hehehe no offense Nathank but if people were offering you a ride when you were bike commuting in houston during the summers they were probably more concerned with possible "odoriferous emanations :rolleyes: "

ps i live in Htown and would bike commute the 10 or 15 miles if there was a shower here"

lotek 05-16-02 08:05 AM

as much as I hate to say it :mad:
I had to vote drive daily.
I'm about 24 miles one way from work
and I haven't found a good route for
commuting in 6 months of looking. I'm not
really willling to risk the major roads here in
Dallas (I think there are more SUVs per capita
here than at a outdoor life convention!).
I've just been told our office is moving
about 10 miles further from where I live
so that will just about kill any idea of commuting
by bike that I may have had.

Spire 05-16-02 08:17 AM

I had to say bus/train only because for the time being that is what it is (train only). But soon I will start commuting!:D

-- S :beer:

nathank 05-16-02 08:19 AM

Quote:

hehehe no offense Nathank but if people were offering you a ride when you were bike commuting in houston during the summers they were probably more concerned with possible "odoriferous emanations "
Toninator

i worked for Tenneco back when it was a proud company and took care of it's employees (sold in '97 to El Paso Energy and no idea these days), so we had a full fitness center with indoor running track, weight room, aerobics room, 8 raquetball courts, basketball and showers with blow-dryers, disposable razors... we also had secure bike parking in the underground parking garage...

but you're right, 7 months or more of the year were pretty sweaty --- i personally don't mind heat having grown up in Dallas, but humidity kills me - i'd choose the weather of higher temperature but dryer Dallas or Phoenix over sticky humid Houston any day... or then even better the places i DID choose after Houston: Portland, Massachusetts(although sticky humid in July/August), and Munich

RonH 05-16-02 08:29 AM

I had to vote for drive and bike.
There are no buses or trains that go near where I work (closest stop is about 7 miles from work). Even if I chose to take the bus/train and then ride it is very impractical. The bus/train trip would take nearly 1-1/2 hours and then I'd have to ride the last 7 miles. And the cost of the bus/train ride is about $2.00. :eek:

When I ride to work (14.5 miles one way) it only takes 55-65 minutes. Why would I want to take public transportation?

Driving takes 30-50 minutes.

Richard D 05-16-02 08:58 AM

Bike\Train\Bus

Generally the first two - I could probably cycle more than I do but I have moments of laziness...

Richard

LittleBigMan 05-16-02 09:54 AM

Quote:

Originally posted by Dirtgrinder
I had to vote drive everyday. I see a lot of posts degrading people who drive...

Take me for example. I'm a technician on call. I have to carry several boxes of parts, two toolboxes, oscilloscope, parts and service manuals, a laptop and occasionally other special tools. Not to mention some of my accounts are 100+ miles away. Also occasionally have to go to the airport, (about 20 miles), and pick up parts. And we have a four hour response time.

I actually like my job. :) (24 yrs in Oct.)

I have forgiven you for driving a truck and for not riding that century on your bike with your tools and oscilloscope because you are my buddy!

But when you said, "I actually like my job," I began to seriously question your judgement. :D

velocipedio 05-16-02 10:28 AM

In Montreal, we talk about taking the BMW: Bike, Metro, Walk or Bus, Metro, Walk...

Crazy Cyclist 05-16-02 11:49 AM

I bike whenever I can, I hate taking the bus ( the loser cruiser) I hope no one is offended by that remark, If so I aplogize, mostly everywhere I need to go I can cycle, but I usually take the bus to sporting events, so that I don't have to leave my bike unattended for long periods of time where I can't see it, and also if I will be drinking, i may not be able to cycle home, so a bus would be the best for me in that situation. :beer:

RonH 05-16-02 12:31 PM

I failed to mention that I walk to the super market, unless we need 12 bags of groceries. Then I drive. But if we only need a few things (4 bags or fewer) I'll walk. It's only 1 mile from home.

Because Atlanta has such a poor transit system I never take the bus or train anywhere. When it is possible to use public transportation I still drive. Because of the bus/train routes, public transportation takes 2 to 3 times longer than driving. Maybe someday I'll live where there is a "good" public transportation system. Then I can sell the cars -- with my wife's approval :fight: :roflmao:

Dirtgrinder 05-16-02 12:39 PM

Quote:

Originally posted by LittleBigMan

I have forgiven you for driving a truck and for not riding that century on your bike with your tools and oscilloscope because you are my buddy!

But when you said, "I actually like my job," I began to seriously question your judgement. :D

Thanks for forgiving me Pete. :) (And it's a van)
I do like my job though. Lots of time during the day to peruse different bike shops along the way.;)
And to ride different places occasionally. I do take my bike with me when I think the opportunity will present itself to ride.
Does that count for anything?:confused:

LittleBigMan 05-16-02 06:34 PM

You know, I didn't mean this poll to make people who drive feel out of place. After all, I still drive quite a bit, because after riding as much as I think is prudent, driving is the most practical way to do errands.

I was genuinely curious about how some of us got around and if we used our bikes. It's not a crime to drive! In our world, it's sometimes the only choice we have!

I think the results are interesting, but there's no "right" answer. The answers more often reflect the opportunity (or lack of it) to ride the bike.

Thanks for answering the poll!


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