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Old 01-22-08, 10:10 PM   #1
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Car Free Commuter rides 30 miles per day

Here's a good story about a middle aged woman who commutes 30 miles a day in DC of all places. If I were her, I'd get a stronger rear blinky or more of them. Overall a good story.

http://www.myfoxdc.com/myfox/pages/N...Y&pageId=3.2.1
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Old 01-22-08, 11:05 PM   #2
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Nice work. Thanks for the link.
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Cool, ironic though the commercial before was something to do with voice activated car software by microsoft, sync or something.
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Here's a good story about a middle aged woman who commutes 30 miles a day in DC of all places. If I were her, I'd get a stronger rear blinky or more of them. Overall a good story.

http://www.myfoxdc.com/myfox/pages/N...Y&pageId=3.2.1
I used to commute 20 miles/day from DC to Alexandria. Not a problem, most of the trip was on multiuse path. I know a guy who does Arlington to Bethesda. DC traffic is MUCH more tolerable on a bike than in a car. I'd rather do 30miles/day on a bike than in a car.
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That young lady is not middle aged yet. From my perspective she is more in the girl category.
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That young lady is not middle aged yet. From my perspective she is more in the girl category.
Dude, 30 miles daily is woman in my book.
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Ok near the end and when they show her riding it doesn't even look as if she has a rear blinkie at all. Looked like a nice story.
I do wish they would include the text with these video stories or at least closed captioning.
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I used to commute 20 miles/day from DC to Alexandria. Not a problem, most of the trip was on multiuse path. I know a guy who does Arlington to Bethesda. DC traffic is MUCH more tolerable on a bike than in a car. I'd rather do 30miles/day on a bike than in a car.
But she works on K street and has to deal with lots of traffic (several miles of conjestion) before she reaches the path. She also leaves work at 5:30 in the evening. That's about as rough of traffic as anywhere in the country.
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But she works on K street and has to deal with lots of traffic (several miles of conjestion) before she reaches the path. She also leaves work at 5:30 in the evening. That's about as rough of traffic as anywhere in the country.
Its not that bad on a bike, I did it for years. Calvert to 18th to Mass to 16th to Whitehouse, 15th to the Potomac bridge, path to Alexandria. I crossed K street at 16th. The lanes are wider in the city than in the suburbs so their is plenty of room to lane share. Note that I could've gone through the park to the memorial bridge and avoided the traffic but I choose to cut through the city even during rush hour.
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Its not that bad on a bike, I did it for years. Calvert to 18th to Mass to 16th to Whitehouse, 15th to the Potomac bridge, path to Alexandria. I crossed K street at 16th. The lanes are wider in the city than in the suburbs so their is plenty of room to lane share. Note that I could've gone through the park to the memorial bridge and avoided the traffic but I choose to cut through the city even during rush hour.
Yep, you'll see lots of bicyclists riding that route during evening rush. The cars are at a standstill, you can pass a couple hundred just on that stretch of 15th street.

There are lots of roads (mostly the state-named avenues) that I will ride during rush hour, when cars are stopped, but don't ride during off-hours, when cars can reach 30-40mph between red lights.

Not to take anything away from the lady in the video, however. I think it's great an evening newscast did the story, and I'll bet she inspired some folks to give it a try.
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I still can't fathom why people continue to tolerate DC traffic. I was born and raised in the DCmetro area(springfield), and I was glad to move away from all the traffic when I came down to FL for school. Though I still enjoy going back to DC to ride the city and visit the fam.

My 6mi. ride this morning to school was rainy, windy, and chilly but much more tolerable than sitting in congested DC traffic.
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If I understood it correctly, it's 32 miles each way?
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I still can't fathom why people continue to tolerate DC traffic. I was born and raised in the DCmetro area(springfield), and I was glad to move away from all the traffic when I came down to FL for school. Though I still enjoy going back to DC to ride the city and visit the fam.

My 6mi. ride this morning to school was rainy, windy, and chilly but much more tolerable than sitting in congested DC traffic.
For those who don't know, Springfield is a god foresaken Virginia suburb not DC. The bike shop in Springfield refused to let me test drive a bike even with credit card because the traffic is too bad. My neighborhood bike shop in DC allows test drives. Like jakbiksdc I too don't like Springfield traffic, I'd rather ride in DC. I've been to Pensacola FL. I'd rather ride in DC than there, Pensacola is too much like Springfield. To give the Virginia suburbs some credit, there are bike friendly amenities being retro fit. For example I occasionally ride down Beulah to visit a friend and the bike lane on that road is OK. The last time I took Franconia to ride past the mall area I didn't think the bike amenities were well thought out. The car drivers seemed a little upset at my existence as I rode past the mall.

"Sitting in congested DC traffic..." in a car maybe, the bikes and peds just keep moving. Maybe you meant "Riding in congested DC traffic."?
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Like jakbiksdc I too don't like Springfield traffic, I'd rather ride in DC.
I haven't ridden in Springfield, but yeah, riding in DC really isn't that bad at all. If you look at it from the perspective of a driver, you'd think that cycling here is insane -- the congestion is ridiculous. The bonus, though, is that congestion slows the drivers... but doesn't slow anybody else.

I finally rode home from a movie at Potomac Yards (shopping complex south of Pentagon/Crystal City) to Capitol Hill, and I think it took me just as long by bike as it would have by car at rush hour. That Mt. Vernon Trail really comes in handy.
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If I understood it correctly, it's 32 miles each way?
I watched the video a couple times and never understood them to specifically say. The reporter in the video said, "...32 miles to work and back." Printed story stated, "...30 miles a day..."

Sounds to me like 15-16 one way. Giving the round trip distance just makes it sound like more. Not as impressive as 32 one way, but still, very cool that she's riding. The distance doesn't really matter. At least not to me.
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I watched the video a couple times and never understood them to specifically say. The reporter in the video said, "...32 miles to work and back." Printed story stated, "...30 miles a day..."

Sounds to me like 15-16 one way. Giving the round trip distance just makes it sound like more. Not as impressive as 32 one way, but still, very cool that she's riding. The distance doesn't really matter. At least not to me.
Ah, thank you. Yes,15-16 each way is still respectable, more than I can handle at the moment.
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I've never actually tried to ride very far in Springfield. I usually only rode down from my parent's house in Kingspark to the Caribou in the Kingspark shopping center off of Rolling and Braddock. But my friends and I loved taking our bikes into Alexandria by car: parking, and riding over to Old town, riding in over the Key bridge in Rosslyn, in and around Georgetown, up into NW DC, looping back through Capitol hill/ E.Market, past all the monuments, and back over into Old town. We usually do it every time I'm home for Christmas.

I didnt actually become carfree until I came down to Pensacola, FL for school. I've been permanently living, working, studying in Pcola since last January (1st yr. carfree anniversary, woot!). Before than, I was only down here for the semesters. Though I always drove during highschool in NoVA. Now I would consider my riding style a mix between a messenger on a fixed gear, a commuter, and a roadie. The latter because I always feel like I am racing myself to get a "best time".

Pcola drivers aren't biker friendly in the least (though some are mindful), but the downtown/E.Hill area is nice. The thing I like most about Pcola as compared to Springfield is that it's less than 30 mi. from the University(UWF) in north Pcola down across the bridges to the white beaches. The longest trip will take you an hour at the most, and the area is very flat. Lately we have been gathering more people for our random group rides. Last month we even had our second Alleycat race.(the Pensacola Beachcat race) So the biker community down here is starting to gather more to show its presence.

In the DCmetro area, since the area is so large, a trip from Old Town Alex., VA to Silver spring, MD to Mayorga Coffee (one of my favs) could take more than two hours. The Metro, in this case, would be faster.

Oh and when I said "Sitting in congested traffic" I meant in a vehicle. Unfortunately I used to take 495 N from Springfield to work at Tysons Corner, during highschool. Rush-hour is what it is.

The Commuter in the video rides from Alexandria to DC, which I'm sure is a very enjoyable commute; especially over the 14th St. bridge. She has some really nice pics on her blog as well.

I wonder if we could get her to post some of her experiences on this forum?
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How crazy is it that FOX was reporting that story...and not in a negative light!
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I thought the same thing when I clicked the link. Also I love how shocked the reporter acts when she says "...And is commuting 30mi. a day, ON HER BIKE!" Yes, ladies and gentlemen it can be done. Come one, come all and see the lady who rides her bike to work!!!
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Here's a good story about a middle aged woman who commutes 30 miles a day in DC of all places. If I were her, I'd get a stronger rear blinky or more of them. Overall a good story.

http://www.myfoxdc.com/myfox/pages/N...Y&pageId=3.2.1

I wouldn't even want to do that commute by car. Must eat 3 hours a day. Even by car it'd probably kill 2 due to DC traffic.

Makes me glad for my 4 mile commute . And that's the scenic route.
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my girlfriend commutes about 25 miles roundtrip to work, here in the DC area...

We're both car-free :-)
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I wouldn't even want to do that commute by car. Must eat 3 hours a day. Even by car it'd probably kill 2 due to DC traffic.

Makes me glad for my 4 mile commute . And that's the scenic route.
At my pace, it's easily within an hour each way (assuming a 15-mile round trip, which sounds about right). Even if the time spent is comparable, the experience isn't -- it's VERY aggravating and unnerving to drive that route, but taking the paths is significantly more pleasant. I'd ride down there more often if I could trust my bike to stay put after locking it up.
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At my pace, it's easily within an hour each way (assuming a 15-mile round trip, which sounds about right). Even if the time spent is comparable, the experience isn't -- it's VERY aggravating and unnerving to drive that route, but taking the paths is significantly more pleasant. I'd ride down there more often if I could trust my bike to stay put after locking it up.
You should try to talk your employer into inside storage.
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You should try to talk your employer into inside storage.
Actually, my employer isn't a problem -


(my CAAD8 and a coworker's 2.8 parked between lockers in our changing area)

It's the idea of parking my bike at the mall or in front of the movie theater that I'm not sold on.

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