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How much TIME does it take you to commute to work?

Old 05-17-03, 06:11 AM
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How much TIME does it take you to commute to work?

How much time does it take you to bicycle commute? I just bought a new house that is going to push my commute to about 25 miles round trip - not too far, but with bridges, trains crossings, boat bridge-traffic, traffic lights, and routing concerns, the commute will probably take me 1.25 hours.

I read about some guys commuting 30 to 50 miles and that just seems incredible from a time constraint standpoint.

You guys would be proud of me, though. When we were looking for the new house, I drew a boundary on a map that was within 13 miles of work and told my realtor and my wife that the new house would have to be inside those boundaries so I could bicycle commute to work. I was getting a lot of pressure to go outside of that line, but I held fast. Sure, I could bike a longer commute, but I knew that if the commute wasn't practical, I couldn't do it full time like I do now.
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Old 05-17-03, 06:59 AM
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My commute is 26 miles one way. I do it once a week. If it were 15-18 miles I would do it almost every day.. If it were 10 miles, It would almost be faster to commute by bike. The first 10 miles by car is so slow due to traffic.
My normal commute time is about 2 hours.

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Old 05-17-03, 01:12 PM
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My commute is 6.30 miles going to work and around 7 coming home. On good days I can do both rides in under 30 minutes.

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How long it takes depends on time of day. During the day I have to use a train or ferry to get under the Mersey; at night I can ride through the road tunnel. I can save 15 mins by cycling the whole way rather than waiting for public transport.
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Originally posted by mike
You guys would be proud of me, though. When we were looking for the new house, I drew a boundary on a map that was within 13 miles of work and told my realtor and my wife that the new house would have to be inside those boundaries so I could bicycle commute to work. I was getting a lot of pressure to go outside of that line, but I held fast.
You are a true believer, and my hat's off to you!

My 13-mile commute takes me 50-60 minutes, depending on conditions. The prevailing winds around here generally produce a headwind during my evening ride, which also tends uphill, so it's often a very close thing.

I occasionally take the train or drive, and factoring in everything the bike commute costs me about an extra half-hour a day (including wiping down and changing clothes at work in the morning), minus what I'd have to spend exercising if I didn't ride. So it's a net gain.

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Old 05-17-03, 05:31 PM
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Originally posted by mike
How much time does it take you to bicycle commute? I just bought a new house that is going to push my commute to about 25 miles round trip ...the commute will probably take me 1.25 hours.

You guys would be proud of me, though. When we were looking for the new house, I drew a boundary on a map that was within 13 miles of work and told my realtor and my wife that the new house would have to be inside those boundaries so I could bicycle commute to work.
I'm not only proud of you. I'm inspired.



Actually, my commute is almost identical to yours in many ways. I love it.

I start work at 7:45.

Since I take mass transit on my cycling-off days, bicycling is a strong contender for getting there. If I take the bus/train, I leave at about 6:30 am. If I bicycle, I leave about 6:40. If I bike/train combo, I can leave as late as 6:55.

If I drive, I can leave by 7:05. But I never do that, so...

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Old 05-17-03, 06:05 PM
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Not long... under 15 minutes.

I just teach my aerobics classes around the Chicago downtown area. So I just rip straight down the street or over to the Sears Tower or wherever to teach.

The majority of my riding is done on my own, not because of the commute. Sorry, I'm a softie....

I used to ride to my clinic when I was working for them- and that was like 13 miles. It was a sweet ride.

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Old 05-17-03, 07:15 PM
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My ride is just under 10 miles and takes 30-40 minutes, depending on my motivation...
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It takes me about an hour to get to work (17.6 miles, mostly downhill ) and an extra 15 minutes to get home
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Old 05-17-03, 08:04 PM
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It is only 3.6 km to work (about 15-20 min at a leisurly pace) but on the way home I make a workout out of it and go about 10-15 km route.
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If I ride from the house, it takes just over an hour. It is nineteen miles one way on mostly noshoulder two lane with some heavy college traffic in town. The shop is about 100feet higher than the house but there is 900feet of total climbing.
However I usually cheat and have my wife drop me off downtown, then it is three and a half miles straight but I like to wind it and get it up to seven and a half. Seven and a half miles by the way has been determined, by our shop, to be the ideal commuting distance. You can do it both ways, only takes about thirty minutes each way and is enough to get some exercise out of it.
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My ride to work is 13km one way. I generally allow about 30-45 minutes for it, even though it doesn't take me that long to actually ride that sort of distance. The thing is, Queensland has by far the slowest traffic lights in all of Australia (very probably the world), and while the Gold Coast isn't nearly as bad as Brisbane, it's not particularly good either.
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It's almost 23 miles one way to work. I'm moving a little further away, so it will be closer to 48 miles round trip. I ride throught the suburbs of Fremont/Milpitas/San Jose, Ca, so it takes 1.5 hours on a good day. My trip home in the evening can take as much as 2.75 hours with the usual nasty headwind. Yeah, it's a long time, but there's something about riding past stopped traffic at lights that satisfies.
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Old 05-17-03, 11:40 PM
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The ride to work is about 9 miles and takes something like 35 minutes. On the way back I prefer to ride some quieter, more scenic roads and have recently found a great route that is about 15 miles / 1 hour 5 minutes (unless I stop to gawp at the awesome view of Mt. Rainier )
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5.5 miles in 35 minutes. Over 1 mile of climbs at 10% or greater. The longest climb is .7 of a mile. Can take the dirt road that one has to ride 40 feet thru the creek. This route is 6.5 miles long but a lot less traffic. This route takes 45 minutes.
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1.8miles away..... 12 minutes. Slow, but I'm getting there...

I usually walk it in 27mins though , I reckon theres more advantage to my body doiing it that way.

(I could be wrong.)
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8 miles through central London - record is 28 mins but that is nearly all on Red Route.

Normal pace is 50 mins mostly on cycle path and back roads
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Five miles, between 20 and 25 minutes depending on traffic and lights. Not terribly zippy I suppose, but when driving the route I only beat that by perhaps five to seven minutes.

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19.x miles and anywhere between 1h10m33s and 1h17m38s, depending on how strong I feel. It's down to a science.
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I use two bikes to get to work each day along with public transportation. My ride to the light rail is about 1.1 miles and then I take the subway into Manhattan. Once in New York City, I ride another 1.8 miles in midtown traffic with my Pacific toy bike. It's about 5.8 miles in total.

For the past two weeks, I was skipping the light rail and riding all the way to the subway but that was too dangerous. The traffic was horrible and I had to fight my way through cars and express busses that just got me sick to my stomach with all the exhaust I was breathing.
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My current commute is 26 km one way, just a little bit over an hour, actual time. I do this 2 to 3.5 times per week. Right now I am working on applying for a posted position at my city hall and that commute is only 5km, 15 minutes max. Here's hoping. Pleeease! I would never need to drive my car. I would not HAVE an excuse NOT to cycle to work. I would cycle every day. I also live on the bus route. And I could walk it as well. I could even cycle home for lunch and.....

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18.5 miles 1 hour and 5 min on the commuter, 56 or 58 min on the touring bike.
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Just under 13 miles each way, normally about 54 minutes (depending on traffic lights), but the quickest I've done it (including being stopped at traffic lights) is 33 minutes.

Try to manage 5 days a week if possible
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17 miles each way and 1 hr 5 mins to 1 hr 30 mins depending on winds. I usually have a head wind on the way home. I dont normally cycle on 2 successive days.
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Having just moved, my commute has fallen from 5 miles to 2 miles. I can now get to work in 8 minutes. Not bad for a guy who likes to sleep in.
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