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Old 08-05-01, 04:26 PM
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Average miles for your commute?

Interested in how many mile you folks have for your commute. I have 24 mile round trip, Ive been told thats quite a lot, but with all bike paths it doesnt seem bad at all.
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Yours IS a long commute. Mine used to be 5.2 miles each way, and anywhere from 4 to 8 seems to be average (each way).

There's a thread in this Commuting forum at

http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php?threadid=396

called "How many miles is your commute?" You can get a good idea of other Forum members' distances there.
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Wow, all bike paths? That's pretty good!

When I commuted to my former job, it was 10 miles round trip, and that was 75% city streets.
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I spent 8 years in Madison as an undergrad and grad student. It was a great place to commute by bike, along the lakeshore, up & down hills. At the time I wasn't to happy about some of the drivers, but in retrospect they were pretty polite. Now there are even more paths out to the outlying towns like Verona. I trying to figure if there is any way I could bike from Madison the 90 miles to Mom's house, visit her for at least a day, get back to Madison to catch a plane and do it all between Fri. eve & Sun. eve. I think I'll have to wait for time travel. Enjoy your commute Nikos, it is one of the best!
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32 km (20 mile) round trip entirely on city streets, purely by choice. Those of you who use bike paths are a lot braver than I am.

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Good point about the bike paths, hate coming up on slower bikes, roller bladers, walkers - that love to suck up both sides of the path (people in pairs). Or the biker looking around drifting into my lane. I have taken notice to some of those issues.
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hi again Nickos, I commute 25km each way on suburban streets, Nicos and Chris your right those bike tracks are very dangerous-- plus not the place to do the speeds a regular cyclist does.
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Welcome, Nikos.

12 miles each way is a good ride. I ride just 5 miles each way, plus errands. It takes me a little over 20 minutes (21 today).

I, too, know those paths. They are a blessing and a curse.

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By the shortest, most direct route, my commute is 40km (25 mi) round trip; all of it on city or inter-urban streets and freeway frontage roads.

There are no bike paths around here that would be useful for my commute, and I prefer it that way. By far most of the streets I use have a more than adequate shoulder, and on the faster streets I get a noticeable "tow" from the wake as each vehicle goes by...
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Mine is about 2 miles, unless I go the long way. In which case it is 26,000 miles
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In which case it is 26,000 miles
Fubar, how do you make it home in time for supper? And how many Powerbars do you have in your back pockets?


Nikos,
My commute is 14.5 miles one way, all on Atlanta streets.
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Fubar, how do you make it home in time for supper? And how many Powerbars do you have in your back pockets?
Actually, I find Cliff bar works better for a challenge like that. But I fill my pockets up!!! At least a hundred or so I have to miss supper sometimes.
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Originally posted by fubar5
In which case it is 26,000 miles
You mean you can ride that every day and still find time to do 1,000 posts?

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when I worked for a living I use to take the back rode to work which is 3.7 miles and the highway home which was 2.9. in the heat of the summer I had to take the highway both ways, U see the back roads around here r made with oil covered with rock. They can get gooy (did i spell that right?)
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Hey, when does the "newbie" go away?......lol
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ok....now i know
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I was thinking the same thing about the "newbie" deal!
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Originally posted by Chris L


You mean you can ride that every day and still find time to do 1,000 posts?

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Originally posted by nikos
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Do silly empty non-sensical repetitive posts also count toward one's senior member status?
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My commute is 40km round trip (24.8 m) I can vary the route slightly without affecting distance or time, but either way it's all on arterial roads. On average it takes me about 40 minutes each way. I sometimes take a longer, hillier route home when I have the time and the inclination. It's not quite 26,000 miles, though.

When choosing a route, I'll use the same route I'd take if I were driving a car, namely the most direct one. I've never understood the need to find 'bike-safe' routes that take you far from you're desire course and involve complex, confusing directions. I won't waste my money on Bikeway maps.

Besides, riding in heavy traffic sates some of the thrillseeking urge that I has gone wanting since I gave up mountainbiking, and there's something satisfying in the application of a well practiced skill.
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Well, I take back streets because they're usually more scenic than the main roads. Not to mention the fact that the extra km are better anyway. However, I avoid the offroad paths because they are dangerous and slow me down too much.

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From what I have been reading of others commutes over the last few months, I feel very lucky. We have no bike paths that are any use on my commute, but the larger streets I take are generally nice, wide boulevards with a parking shoulder and ample space. Also, because I have the luxury of working an early schedule, I have zero traffic in the morning and light traffic in the afternoon. I do take a longer route in the PM to take a couple of still spacious side streets that are just less hectic as well as ride 2-3 miles beside a large park and a few miles by the lake. My morning ride is 8.75 miles and PM is just over 13. I try to go a little farther one day a week, anywhere up to about 25 miles PM. Extra miles by the lake. What a shame.

The only downside of any of it is the trashy streets. My tire life is pretty short (700-1000 miles) because they get cut up pretty badly. I noticed some disturbingly large cuts as I cleaned my bike this weekend. Time to look for new rubber.
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