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Living Car Free Do you live car free or car light? Do you prefer to use alternative transportation (bicycles, walking, other human-powered or public transportation) for everyday activities whenever possible? Discuss your lifestyle here.

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Old 01-22-06, 07:39 PM   #1
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commute distance

just curious...what is everyone's mileage for one-way just to work/school/wherever the hell you go most days a week on your bike?
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Old 01-22-06, 08:25 PM   #2
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3 miles!-- and if it were much more, I wouldn't be car-free, I'm afraid, because it's incredible how weak my legs are.
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Old 01-22-06, 09:01 PM   #3
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Three lousy miles. In fact, 90 % of the places I like to go are within a three mile radius of my house.

At least there's plenty of time for supplemental riding, and that's when the fun begins!
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My job, bank, and grocery store are right across the street from me, less than a 10min walk. The library, mall, pet store, church, bowling alley, college, hiking trail, and most of my friends are no more than 3 measily miles from my home in the suburbs, and those I gladly take by bike. Sometimes I just look for areas outside this "ring" for a good workout / challenge.
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Work is 15 miles (weekends only). School is five miles.
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Old 01-22-06, 10:43 PM   #6
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Weekend work is about 15 miles each way. School is 2 miles.
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Old 01-22-06, 10:44 PM   #7
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That's interesting. Almost everything I need for daily living is within a three mile radius, too.

When I first went carfree I'd often go outside the three mile radius. (I think I was simply trying to directly substitute alternative transportation for a car.) As I learned more and more about my home area I discovered a lot of useful resources I'd just never noticed before.
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I do three days a week at job 1 mile away, and two days at a job 5 miles away. Groceries, banks, LBS's, and downtown Spokane are all within 3 miles of my house.

Like the PP said, I probably wouldn't be CF if I lived outside of town. My choice of living locations was no accident. I live in town because it's convenient and I don't need a car.
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Work is 1.5 miles. I am also in the group for whom all necessities are within 3 miles. Wasn't intentional, just worked out that way. Grocery store is a five minute walk from home. I sometimes wish the ride to work was a bit longer.
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6.5 km (Just over 4 miles) each way.

In the next couple of years the radio station I work for is moving and then I'll have a trip more like 15 to 17 km each way. Can't wait.
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Old 01-23-06, 06:55 AM   #11
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Work is right around 18 miles from home, usualy get to put in 40-45 miles a day though to get everything done.
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Old 01-23-06, 08:11 AM   #12
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A bit over five miles each way.

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Old 01-23-06, 09:14 AM   #13
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12km (roughly 7.5 miles).
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Old 01-23-06, 09:16 AM   #14
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3 miles!-- and if it were much more, I wouldn't be car-free, I'm afraid, because it's incredible how weak my legs are.
I don't know your physical state, but I'd wager your legs will be able to take you farther at some point in time.
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Old 01-23-06, 09:26 AM   #15
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5 mile trip in each direction 3 days a week, and 7 miles in each direction 2 other days.

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Old 01-23-06, 10:05 AM   #16
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10 miles to work x 5 days unless it's icy.

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Old 01-23-06, 10:24 AM   #17
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13 to 15 miles one way. I like to vary my route to keep from getting bored.
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from home:

18 miles to work and back daily
1.8 miles to grocery store and back 2-5 times a week
2 miles to gym/walgreens/big lots and other misc places i go 2-5 times a week
2 miles to downtown.
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1 Mile to work.
1/2 Mile to my good friends house.
Those are the main places I go multiple times a week, yet I still get in > 100 miles/week. Some being recreational riding, some being transportation (To places aside from those mentioned, luckily I don't go to/from work 50 times a week).
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my work is 30 miles roundtrip, so I usually put in anywhere from 100-200 miles a week just getting to work and back.

I'm surprised how many of you guys have stuff in such a short range from your homes...does anyone have a commute more than 20 miles/one way?
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Old 01-23-06, 03:32 PM   #21
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When I dumped the car, I had a 10 mile one way commute. Now its walkable but I still bike, maybe 20 minutes by bike to work. Most shopping trips and errands are within 15 miles. I'd like a longer commute but there are rumours flying that the office will move even closer to home.
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school- 1 mile
grocery- 3.5 miles
lbs- 4-6 miles
mall, misc retail-5 miles
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Old 01-23-06, 09:27 PM   #23
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Currently my commute is a 14km round trip. Most days I do extra rides just to get more distance.

The commute has been as high as a 47km round trip at one stage.
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my work is 30 miles roundtrip, so I usually put in anywhere from 100-200 miles a week just getting to work and back.

I'm surprised how many of you guys have stuff in such a short range from your homes...does anyone have a commute more than 20 miles/one way?
Thats pretty hardcore. I don't think I would want to be car-free if I were that far from the city. I've bike commuted 25 miles each way from a GFs house, but that was far from being car free because I had backup if I needed it, and it wasn't every day of the week. You're a bad ass.
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