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Old 06-02-08, 08:07 AM
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Drive half way and ride the rest. Where do you park your car?

I have just moved and want to keep riding to work but the new house is further from my work and I was thinking about driving half way and then riding the rest of the way by bike. I figure at least half way is better than nothing and the two main roads from the new house are brutal for drivers so it will be a bit safer as well.

So my questions is for people that drive half way to work. Where do you park your cars? Do you just use side streets to park on or do you leave your car at a park, mall, friends place or just on the street somewhere?

It will be nice to save some money from not driving all the way and making a tank of gas last double the amount of time and get in some good training.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 06-02-08, 08:17 AM
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I actually park at a bank or if I want to ride from a different location I park at a grocery store that is also a park and ride loaction for our Valley Metro buses.
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Old 06-02-08, 08:39 AM
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Park and rides work well. Also look for a conveniently located LBS.
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Old 06-02-08, 08:55 AM
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I drive a few miles to a park located at a trailhead when I need to pick up my son after work.
It also helps the park is located next to a police station and that I drive a mini van with nothing in it anyone would want. That and this time of year the parking lot is full with other MUP commuters.
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Years ago, I used to do this. Depending on where you are, parking lots for big shopping centers, park and rides, or regular residential streets work fine.
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Old 06-02-08, 10:56 AM
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At a police station, which adjoins a 24/7 basketball court / skateboard park for "youts". Who would be crazed enough to commit larceny at a police station?
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I'm lucky enough to park outside the St. Paul downtown area (across the river) on a street that is open and visible with no parking meters. It's about 12 miles from home to where I park and then 10 biking to work..biking from home would be 28 miles (can't take the freeway) so drive/bike works for me.
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That is about the same distance for me. I have a few choices.

Park at a co-workers home but block their driveway till I get back to the car. No parking in the street.

Park at a park a few KM's away from there but closer to work. No problem parking but not a very secure place to park.

I think there might be a fire department at the other side of the park and there should be parking on the side of the road, so I might look into that location and just go from there if it is not too bad.
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I used to do this when I lived further away from where I work. I parked in front of or around an apartment building. I'm in a more urban area. Everything here is zoned parking, however, apartment buildings have more "no permit required" spots. I guess because people are always moving in and out and have no time to get those parking stickers.

You can vary it, too. One route was hilly so I could bomb up and down those hills (when I wanted to exert myself.) Another apartment building, was more flat when I wanted to have a more relaxed ride.
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I have had a variety of experience with this including a note from a local resident complaining about me parking my car on a public street next to a MUP and a parking ticket on another occasion. Some municipalities have no street parking between 2 and 6 AM so if you leave your car at 5:50 AM, you are in violation. A call to the local police directed me to a public parking lot that I did not know about that ended the harassment.
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I drop my kid and truck off at daycare.
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I have a freind who has a ~30 mi. commute (each way), and 3 days a week he rides the bus with his bike to work (they have racks), and rides his bike home. A bit of trivia/irony, he works for Metro Transit.

Anyway, Seattle has a lot of Park & Rides, and drive/riding is somewhat popular here.
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I park in a rather long park, which is nice as my distance is very customizable. I drive a well-used pickup that seems to have attracted no attention thus far, even on days I forget to hide the faceplate for the radio.

Several people in this forum have more into their bikes than I have into this truck, so I'm not very worried about it. All my life I thought I liked fancy new cars, but the peace of mind that comes with driving a piece o.s....who knew?!
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Old 06-02-08, 04:50 PM
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I was driving home today scoping out a few spots and decided to just park in a residential area close to a school. I figure if there are other cars around and there are no parking signs around, I should be OK. This is on my current driving route so I can just pull over, jump on the bike and continue.

There is some uncertainty with just leaving my car parked on a side street somewhere between work and home but I will not have anything in the car just incase the worst happens. I looked at the parking at the park on the way home and it just does not seem like a good idea. Parking is out of sight and not well travelled.

I figure that close to an elementry school should be OK with people coming and going all the time.

I am done work pretty early in the afternoon so I should be be back to the car when the kids are getting out of school. I will however be parking pretty early in the morning so hopefully this will not be an issue but if there are other cars around, I would not think it would be.

Well tomorrow is my first day commuting this way so we will see how it goes. Supposed to rain so hopefully it will just be cloudy. Fenders will go on anyways.
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I drive eight miles and park at a wide spot at the edge of a village where the Town leaves some of their road repair materials. I then bike the remaining 12.5 miles over the hill to work.
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Park at a Wal-Mart, which happens to be across the street from the trail head to the Katy trail.
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I was driving home today scoping out a few spots and decided to just park in a residential area close to a school. I figure if there are other cars around and there are no parking signs around, I should be OK. This is on my current driving route so I can just pull over, jump on the bike and continue.
On days when I drive/cycle commute that is just what I do. I drive to the edge of the city, park in a nice residential area along with other cars owned by the residents and cycle the rest of the way. I even get a bit 'Hi' from people coming out of their houses to go to work. I've had no problems with this routine yet.
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At my significant other's place of work.
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fast food restaurants work too. A friend uses one, he just spoke with the manager and agreed to park in back.
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I have a near perfect 1/2 and 1/2 commute. I park in front of a bike shop at one end of a 9 mile bike trail and ride to work where another bike shop exists. I work for six hours per day and can leave early enough to get a spare tube or whatever, should I need it. My 18 mile RT is perfect for my junk parts single speed and my 1981 Isuzu diesel never seems to be bothered. I am more worried about it being towed away as an abandoned vehicle, than it being stolen.
My drive is 20 miles of mostly shoulder less, chip seal road and 56 miles is too much for my 49 year old body to recoup from on a three times weekly basis. My work requires close up detail work with high value items and I can't be too tired and still perform. If I were in a different situation I might get a folder and use the bus also. My commute is mostly in rural farmland so I could do the whole distance occasionally and may, when the weather is nice and I have the energy.
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I have a near perfect 1/2 and 1/2 commute. I park in front of a bike shop at one end of a 9 mile bike trail and ride to work where another bike shop exists. I work for six hours per day and can leave early enough to get a spare tube or whatever, should I need it. My 18 mile RT is perfect for my junk parts single speed and my 1981 Isuzu diesel never seems to be bothered. I am more worried about it being towed away as an abandoned vehicle, than it being stolen.
My drive is 20 miles of mostly shoulder less, chip seal road and 56 miles is too much for my 49 year old body to recoup from on a three times weekly basis. My work requires close up detail work with high value items and I can't be too tired and still perform. If I were in a different situation I might get a folder and use the bus also. My commute is mostly in rural farmland so I could do the whole distance occasionally and may, when the weather is nice and I have the energy.
Hey, don't feel bad about not cycling the whole way. You need some time and energy for the rest of living. I cycle/bus most days and sometimes car/cycle like you do. Nothing wrong with it.

I know one guy who cycles the "whole way" each day - 3 miles. My 'partial' is twice as long.
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For downtown DC commuters, Hains Point is nice. I just rode around it this morning and noticed that a hundred or more commuters park there. Many have bike racks. And if the ride downtown is too short it is a nice spot for a few training laps after work.
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Well my first day of car/bike was rained out pretty bad. The rain was belting down this morning so I will have to try this tomorrow or Thursday if the weather gets better. I do not mind a light shower or drizzle but it was just too much this morning.

I think that I will do the 12.5 miles on my fixed gear bike and not a gear bike. I also have a single speed that I might do the 12.5 miles on. I think that both would be just very easy to ride on the flats and less hassle to worry about day in and day out.
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Well my first day of car/bike was rained out pretty bad. The rain was belting down this morning so I will have to try this tomorrow or Thursday if the weather gets better. I do not mind a light shower or drizzle but it was just too much this morning.

I think that I will do the 12.5 miles on my fixed gear bike and not a gear bike. I also have a single speed that I might do the 12.5 miles on. I think that both would be just very easy to ride on the flats and less hassle to worry about day in and day out.
I ride my single speed actually a 'two speed' (White industries dual cog and double chain rings 51" & 65 " gear) and it works great on my mostly flat commute. I notice less crud in the chain and my Bottom bracket and headset are sealed so I have no problems with rusty bearings. I use the new Cascadia fenders from Planet Bike (perfect) and (warm) rain riding is o.k. as long as I have a rain jacket. All I do for general maintenance is lube the chain and add air to the tires. Each season I re-grease the hubs. I use Phil Wood grease and the hubs are open bearing Suzues from about 1980. I'm working on modifying a 1984 lugged steel frame for a 'super commuter' with porter rack , generator hub etc. and will use it as a two speed also. I plan on long rear dropouts so I can use a flip flop wheel with a large climbing gear on the flop side. Kind of a poor mans Rivendell Quickbeam. I will be adding braze ons, a enclosed chainguard and will have a friend paint it with some knarly auto paint.
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