Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Arcadia, California
Bikes: Lemond "Alpe d'Huez," several X-marts, and two Trek hybrids
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Originally Posted by cradduck
I have been racking my brain trying to come up with a plan for getting to work and to school car free. I have been enjoying no longer being a financial slave to my car but going back to school has presented me with some challenges.
Between work (PCH and Newport Blvd in Newport Beach) and school (East Carson and Clark in Long Beach) it is 25 miles. I live about smack dab between the two with 12-13 miles to each one from my doorstep. On two each week I will be getting off work at 430pm and have to make it to class by 6pm. I would be taking the bus up PCH to the 7th Street Transit Mall in Long Beach and then taking another bus to the doorstep of my school. Every way I work it with the bus system I come up being 13-15 minutes late for class...something that I know isn't going to sit well with the instructor.
The secondary problem is the fact that nearly all the buses stop running around 930pm and I don't get out of class till 10pm. It isn't as big of a deal because I can take my time riding home from school...but it would be nice if they stopped running a little later.
Does anyone have any suggestions or ideas? It looks impossible to me but I may not have looked at all the angles so any suggestion would be helpful.
In my experience, you have taken the best possible strategy without a car. In my opinion, bikes are faster than buses for distances less than about 2 miles for an average person, or less than 5 miles for the more athletic (plus running stoplights, of course).
It is quite sad that this has to be the case with PT/bikes, because people deserve better than to choose between the evil option that works best and the benign option that works like crap.
Hopefully there would be something along the future to help us. I will try to work on a solution.
Meanwhile, I think all buses (not just the metro rapid) should be outfitted with stoplight changers. That alone can probably save a quarter of the travel time.