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View Poll Results: How long have you been commuting by bicycle?
I don't commute by bicycle.
1
0.44%
Less than one year.
68
30.22%
1-3 years.
63
28.00%
3-5 years.
40
17.78%
More than 5 years.
53
23.56%
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Commuter Poll: second of a series

Old 08-05-08, 09:30 PM
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D'oh! Had to answer "less than one year," but the first anniversary of my first commute is next week.

I'm not saving any gas, but I'm saving transit fares. Not to mention eating all the delicious food I want without gaining back any of the 20 lbs I dropped.
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Old 08-05-08, 09:59 PM
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46 years so far.
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Originally Posted by cyccommute View Post
Your poll doesn't even come close 5 years? Yer still a newbie! You probably haven't even learned how to trip the lights yet You're still counting the time in weeks!

240 month's of at least one time each month for which I have records. I've commuted to work the whole time I've been on this job which is 96 months more but I don't have records for that. I've got shorts that are older than what most of you have been commuting
and you still aint been commuting longer than me, Stu.

I started commuting to/from work when I was 13 in 1973...and have never stopped for more than a month or so at a time since (not counting the 3 months I was in boot camp and they wouldn't let me bring my bike). I started riding to/from school in 1965.

Then there's Ken, who makes us all look like noobs.
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Old 08-06-08, 07:07 AM
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Originally Posted by ken cummings View Post
46 years so far.
yer old!!
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I "commuted" to school by bike when I was a kid in the 70's, though back then it was simply called "riding my bike to school". I delivered newspapers via bike too, so was a working cyclist. Was a fair weather commuter during college (walking in bad weather), and also since entering the work force, so I guess I can say I've been bike commuting since ....1975- 33 years
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Originally Posted by chipcom View Post
and you still aint been commuting longer than me, Stu.

I started commuting to/from work when I was 13 in 1973...and have never stopped for more than a month or so at a time since (not counting the 3 months I was in boot camp and they wouldn't let me bring my bike). I started riding to/from school in 1965.

Then there's Ken, who makes us all look like noobs.
Well, I wasn't counting the kid years Paper route in the '60s, normal kid commuting (mostly getting in trouble) and a few trips to high school until a long dry spell in the mid 70s...it's a wonder what a driver's license will do! Never did ride to school but then I grew up in a town that was only about 4 blocks square anyway and could throw a rock from my house to the school. Never even crossed my mind to ride a bike there
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Old 08-06-08, 07:31 AM
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Off and on for maybe 15 years, not counting 3 miles one way every day of jr. high unless it was raining.
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Originally Posted by cyccommute View Post
Well, I wasn't counting the kid years Paper route in the '60s, normal kid commuting (mostly getting in trouble) and a few trips to high school until a long dry spell in the mid 70s...it's a wonder what a driver's license will do! Never did ride to school but then I grew up in a town that was only about 4 blocks square anyway and could throw a rock from my house to the school. Never even crossed my mind to ride a bike there
I forgot all about the paper route...crap, I can go back to before 73! Now I am really feeling old...but not as old as Ken!
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Originally Posted by huhenio View Post
yer old!!
Yeah but probably in fine shape for all those years.
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I forgot all about the paper route...crap, I can go back to before 73! Now I am really feeling old...but not as old as Ken!
Com'on are we counting elementary school now too?
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Originally Posted by ken cummings View Post
46 years so far.
now if you started work right after high school, you must be very close to mandatory retirement
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Old 08-06-08, 08:32 AM
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On and off since 1979. I've moved around quite a bit and had a variety of commutes. When the route was safe and weather permitted, I have been bike commuting. For the last 6 years, I have had a nice 7.5 mile commute with 2 miles on neighborhood streets and 5.5 miles on bike trails. One of the best things about my job is the commute.
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Old 08-06-08, 08:52 AM
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Originally Posted by Tsuru View Post
On, then off, then on again for the past 4 years... So happy to be back "on".
+1 and acknowledging my complete noob status. *takes a seat near the back of the class*

Grew up in sunny Southern California and walked, jogged, skateboarded and cycled to school almost every day from 1st through 11th grade until some crazy people handed me a license and car keys.

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Originally Posted by ken cummings View Post
46 years so far.


Man, there just aren't enough words. Ken needs his own directory here on BF.
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I'm around 5 years. Would be more than that, but I lived on campus at university for 3 years and didn't bike commute because it was easier to walk to all my classes. But I date my serious bike riding to the purchase of my Dahon folder in 2005. Before that, I was either riding short distances on nice bikes or had crummy bikes and didn't enjoy the ride.
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Originally Posted by Niten View Post
It seems that every day, there are people reporting their first commute, or that they are getting ready to commute for the first time. How long have you been commuting?
I answered "less than one year," but in fact, my first commuting experience was about 25 years ago.

But since I just re-started after an 8-year hiatus (due to a job change and fear of the new route, mostly), I'm sort of like a newb all over again.
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Originally Posted by RogerB View Post
I answered "less than one year," but in fact, my first commuting experience was about 25 years ago.

But since I just re-started after an 8-year hiatus (due to a job change and fear of the new route, mostly), I'm sort of like a newb all over again.
Dood, you don't have to be a noob all over again, it's like...wait for it...



Riding a bike!!
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5 years. Since the town of Colchester and City of Burlington built a MUP-bridge over the river that separates them. That gave me a 6.5 mile nearly-straight shot to work, mostly on a MUP. How could a boy resist? It cost 5 million bucks, but when I heard they were going to do it, I squealed like a little girl. I knew what it meant for me.
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i started commuting to junior college, 1980 -'82, 4 miles each way = (AA deg art/sceince 1982)
road atala bicycle every class day (except 5, due to ice/snow).

toured x-USA 1982 e/w with the same bike, self contained, NSCA 1985. bike was stolen 1995.......

the school (gcc) doesn't even have bike racks there anymore...
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