Hi, never posted on the car-free forum before...
I have bike commuted for long intervals my entire life. Most of the last 13 years has been car based, but I'm getting back into it. I currently live 14km from work and am riding full time now. I work 12 hour + shifts, days/nights which make for long days...
Transit is available, but not great early in the AM on weekends.
1. I want to ride when the thermometer is below zero celsius. Problem is ice. I'm on a road bike.
2. When developing a respiratory infection, I usually get sicker with exercise.
3. I ride on a very busy highway with two long, unlit sections and several sections with very narrow shoulders. The region I live in has very bad drivers, many daily accidents. I've had many close-calls.
We have 2 vehicles and want to sell one. Not having much luck. When either of the first two scenarios come up it's hard to not jump in the car and just drive.
We really want to be a 1-car family, for financial, health and environmental reasons.