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Old 08-24-19, 03:01 PM
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Originally Posted by drobotnik View Post
I used to be a general contractor with a 10mpg heavy duty truck. That dragged me into the pits and I decided to close my business and work in the public sector. Moved to Nashville, found an affordable apartment a few blocks from work, and the other morning I timed my bike commute from door to door: 00:07:29.39. If I drove to work it would take 20 minutes at least door to door because of the parking garage and walking halfway across campus. I can even walk to work faster than driving. It’s crazy how inefficient cars are over short distances, and even crazier that my coworkers live so far away and justify it with lower priced housing. They buy 2 tanks of gas a week, sit in traffic for 3 hours a day, and seem absolutely worn out all the time.
No joke! I live in an old city (New Orleans) with a relatively small footprint but even so, traffic at rush hour is always a ratfu**. I can get nearly anywhere in 20-30 minutes by bike at any hour. I recently got a new job with a commute of about 7 minutes as well. My old commute took me all the way downtown (4.5 miles) and my record time was 13 minutes. Now I can walk to work in 20 minutes. My walk would be through a college campus and city park. I work in the park now. Super sweet setup. Even during miserable weather its ONLY SEVEN MINUTES! I believe I could bike that distance set on fire.

Good for you man! Thanks for sharing. Always nice to hear about someone figuring that out and actually doing something about it.
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