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Old 04-22-11, 09:51 AM   #1
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Los Angeles commuters, help!

I am doing my thesis on commuting in Los Angeles. I was hoping to get some 'day in the life' stories of regular commuters in the LA area. If you are interested in sharing, send me a PM.

If you are interested, I'd like to know:

Why you commute by bike?
Where do you start/finish?
Do you take the same route everyday?
How far to work?
Do you also use public transportation as part of your commute?
What other trips do you make by bike?
Do you also drive, or is bike your main means of transportation?
What do you think of the new plan proposed for increased bike lanes?
What are the specific challenges you face as a cyclist in LA?
Any good stories?

If you decide to post, I hope it is OK for me to PM you later with follow-up questions.

Very much appreciated, I am interested in hearing what people's commutes are like,

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Old 04-22-11, 12:13 PM   #2
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I guess I'll bite

I started commuting shortly after I bought my first road bike three years ago. I did it to avoid the hell of LA traffic and continue to do it because I love to ride. It makes me feel fresh and awake when I get to where I need to go whereas driving makes me feel tired and irritated. I ride from the general La Cieniga/Wilshire area to Santa Monica and I have gone through 6 main routes in my daily commute, each is about 7-8 miles long. I bus occasionally when I have something I dont want to carry on the bike. I mainly bike since traffic sucks and I get places just as fast or faster with my bicycle. I do own a car but I try to not use it unless I really need it.

Bike lanes are good if they attract more people to ride. I much rather would like some cross town bike path that has few or no stops. I've been doing fine without them but I know many people don't ride because they're scared of the cars. Challenges? Heat, ******* drivers and distance. This city is so damn big, sometimes I just don't want to go across the city to see that small show or go to that store.

I dont have any good stories, no one gives me much trouble when I ride. That may be due to my large size or I'm just lucky to have avoided harassment. I was the victim of a hit and run two years ago that left me bed ridden for a month, but since then I have become more interested in bicycles and began to volunteer at Bikerowave.
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Old 04-22-11, 01:42 PM   #3
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I'll help you out bud.. if u wanna question me some more feel free to pm me

I commute by bike because I'm trying to get fit and save money on gas and possible maintenance from the miles i would be adding on to my POS car.

for work I start in lawndale and end in marina del rey about ten miles out. I also ride to school like 2 miles away in torrance but multiple times a day.
I don't take the same route. I'll either head straight to the beach and take the bike lane (the strand) all the way to work or I'll take the roads all the way there.
I do not use public transportation
I make most of my trips on bike, unless I have to take someone with me that doesnt have a bike. I do drive but I try not to.
I think the new plan for increased bike lanes is great, I hate getting honked at cuz some ****** thinks I'm supposed to be on the sidewalk. Hopefully it'll get more people commuting on bikes
Challenges include bad drivers almost running you over and bad cyclists almost running into you (specifically these youngster starting off on brakeless fixed gear bikes). The heat can be killer and it rains randomly.
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Old 04-22-11, 02:59 PM   #4
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Also consider asking for stories in the Southern California sub-forum:
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