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Old 02-16-07, 07:31 AM   #1
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time of year to take a taxi-bus

here in northeast we have had an ice storm and temperatures aren't getting above freezing so no bike rides.
looked into cab fare for work. turns out only costs 5 bucks one-way to work. surprised it was so cheap. doesn't even pay to drive a car to work at those prices.
just thought i'd throw this out to folks who haven't thought of using a taxi.
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Old 02-16-07, 11:04 AM   #2
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here in northeast we have had an ice storm and temperatures aren't getting above freezing so no bike rides.
Well, I'm in the lower northeast, temperatures aren't above freezing and we have had an ice storm and I'm still biking. Its a little slippy but no falls yet. Funny thing is two co-workers live on my block. Two of us bike, one drives. The driver is a marathon runner so has no physical excuse to drive to work. The other biker sometimes walks when the snow is deep. Today, the bikers biked, the car driver took a cab. It isn't the car free status that prompts a person to use the cab when the ice storm comes. When I came in with my bike the car driver was in the middle of telling everyone how the cab was a necessity because the roads in our neighborhood were too slick to drive on. "Even the cab driver didn't want to drive down Iowa Ave.". I had just come down Iowa Ave. on my bike.
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I keep the phone numbers of some local taxi companies in my wallet, just in case. Before I travel, one of the things I do is look up the phone #'s of taxis at my destination.

I've been seeing more taxi drivers in bigger cities who aren't able to figure out how to get to a destination based on the street address. So be prepared to give turn by turn directions to the driver.
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If it's too bad to ride, I'll walk. It's only 4 miles, but cabfare is $12 with tip. On icy days you'll wait forever for a cab, if one arrives at all. I also think cars are very dangerous in bad weather, even when a professional is driving.
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When it's too icy to ride (I'm not as intrepid as some people here), I just take the bus. It's $1.25-1.50 per trip, regardless of the distance, and it's actually pretty convenient; I just save the bus system's rider info number on my cell phone, in case I don't have a bus schedule at hand.
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I could see a taxi, except here in Norway it would be close to $60 round trip to and from work... and I find it far too cold to wait for the bus--- so I bundle up and bike with studded tires. I have a locker room at work. Weather here on the coast is comparable to the NE--- maybe not as cold here. I tried the bus last year--- it was freezing standing around waiting for it.
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yes this is the time to take taxis as needed..though I have yet to do that..here in rural ohio fares start $6 one way..and to go cross county can be $20! To the next big city $25 one way.
Though I been thinking of walking one way to the grocery (4 miles) then taking a cab home, with a full trunk.
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time of the year to move to the muddy semi-temperate climates of the northwest.
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time of the year to move to the muddy semi-temperate climates of the northwest.
Oh no! This very cold weather is actually great for cycling. When it's below 20 F you don't usually get as much snow, and obviously no ice storms when it's that cold. You can pretty much ride anywhere you want, even places like swamps and lakes that you can't ride through in the rest of the year.

To me, mud is the WORST situaltion for riding. I hate it when the mud sucks my wheels in and I have to get down in the muck to pull my bike out. And I also hate getting to work with my clothes all caked with soil.

But I guess the main lesson is that we all get used to the prevailing conditions in our geographical location, with the happy result that we can ride through almost anything that nature throws at us.
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