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    The Rabbi seely's Avatar
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    A car free busy as all get out student?

    I hate my car, its a money pit that sucks up money better spent on bicycles. However as a student I find I feel I don't have time to ride everywhere, and I have a lot of places I go to visit friends. The roads around here are EXTREMELY bike-unfriendly, even in the middle of the day and I don't feel comfortable riding them at 2am back from a friend's house. School is 6mi away on all 4 lane roads, and work is 11mi away. I regularly ride to work and am harassed 2-3x a day... its kind of unnerving. Anyways, it snows a lot here, rains a lot and gets down to 0 deg. in the winter. I like wearing regular clothes, and don't have anywhere to change/store clothes at school... any idea how I can pull this off?
    commuter turned bike mechanic turned commuter (also a Velocity USA employee, but this is my personal account)

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    You might want to check out some maps (google maps) to find an alternative route that is not 4 lane streets. Also check out the commuting forum for commuting advice.

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    Move closer to school? Do you live with others that might be willing to share car expenses and use of a car? Sometimes that can work out pretty well. Offer friends a ride to school every day for a small fee to help cover costs?

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    Quote Originally Posted by seely
    don't feel comfortable riding them at 2am back from a friend's house. School is 6mi away on all 4 lane roads, and work is 11mi away. I regularly ride to work and am harassed 2-3x a day... its kind of unnerving.
    My husband commutes from work often between midnight and 2:30 AM on a 4 lane busy road. It can be done with lights and common sense. It is possible but it isn't always easy.

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