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Old 09-16-09, 05:49 PM
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There was a guy in the summer who rode for a while, but he didn't really stick with it after a few hot rides. Otherwise it's just me. And I never see any other bike commuters on the road either. Its very lonely in that regard. Not just the only one in my job, I feel the only one in my county.
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Old 09-16-09, 07:39 PM
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Last year we had enough bike commuters where I teach (950 students, around 100 staff) that we had to install a second bike rack. This year I'm all alone. Invariably, as I sweat my way up the stairs to the shower in my bike shoes and padded knickers or rolled up trousers dragging my pannier behind me I am asked "Oh, did you ride in today?" Uh, no the limo just dropped me off, why do you ask?
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Out of about 50 or so I'm the only one and have been the only one for 1 1/2 years. I almost (maybe) have a guy talked into it. But I think you really need to want it. I started because my car got stolen. Then I started dropping mad pounds. Now I'm 50 pounds lighter (but still pretty fat @ 206lbs) and am pretty friggin' serious about riding. My car getting stolen was the best thing that ever happened to me.
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Old 09-16-09, 08:14 PM
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I live in one of the more bike-friendly cities in the US (Madison WI), and yet only 10% (3 of 30) of us ride every day. There are others who ride to work on occasion (maybe a half dozen). I haven't been here long yet, so I may wimp out during the winter...
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Old 09-16-09, 09:49 PM
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Has commuting by bike made inroads into your workplace?
Everybody bikes to work where I am now except the manager (he brings a big dog to work with him) and the owner, who walks to work. Standard operating procedure in parts of New Orleans where parking sucks and traffic is a total rat-fark. Sort of like NYC without subways - on a smaller scale of course.

If I had to drive to work I would either quit my job, or cut my throat with my multitool.
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Old 09-16-09, 09:52 PM
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I live in...Madison WI...I may wimp out during the winter...
No one here will call you a wimp for THAT!
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Old 09-16-09, 10:17 PM
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I work in my home, and I do errands and visit clients by bike.

I'm being interviewed by a journalist about bike commuting. I wrote her a long email today. Tomorrow, we're going for a ride around town.
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Old 09-16-09, 10:24 PM
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I work in urban planning and yes, its making a huge impact, even in suburban car intensive areas. When designing roads through office parks, suburban areas, etc, nowadays it is pretty much totally unacceptable, at least in California, to not include a bike lane. This is design phase of course, so don't expect to see it on the roads for 3 to 4 years, but things are heading that way, even in the bedroom communities out in the suburbs, you know the big residential developments right next to huge office parks?
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Old 09-17-09, 01:05 PM
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I gotta say that this thread has been depressing. It's just sad how few people commute by bike. I work right off a wondefully maintained trail that runs from Minneapolis through several suburbs and it's pathetic how many people take advantage of it. I work with a woman who drives two miles here every day.
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Old 09-17-09, 04:25 PM
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Originally Posted by benajah View Post
I work in urban planning and yes, its making a huge impact, even in suburban car intensive areas. When designing roads through office parks, suburban areas, etc, nowadays it is pretty much totally unacceptable, at least in California, to not include a bike lane. This is design phase of course, so don't expect to see it on the roads for 3 to 4 years, but things are heading that way, even in the bedroom communities out in the suburbs, you know the big residential developments right next to huge office parks?
County where I live most new projects sidewalks must now be part of the project (yes it is unbelievable but in GA sidewalks are not that prevalent in the Suburbs) and bike lanes in many places are also required. Some places they are adding missing sidewalks.

Unfortunately sometimes I wish they wouldn't install bike lanes where the do improvements. They just added a right turn lanes at an intersection I ride through every day and installed bike lanes that are 200-300ft long and END at the intersection and expect you to merge in the intersection.

So now driver expect me to be in those damn lanes and get pissed when I stop behind the last car in line.

I keep asking them to paint them over till they can add a bike lane on the rest of the road.

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Old 09-17-09, 04:26 PM
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Originally Posted by Laggard View Post
I gotta say that this thread has been depressing. It's just sad how few people commute by bike. I work right off a wondefully maintained trail that runs from Minneapolis through several suburbs and it's pathetic how many people take advantage of it. I work with a woman who drives two miles here every day.
It is pretty depressing, but I understand it completely...it's laziness. And laziness is an addiction. Couple that with the fact that most people in the US are either overweight or just plain out of shape and it's not surprising very few people bike or walk to work. There is a slow movement to a more healthy America, but it's hard to break the fast food nation of it's habit. We overeat, never excercise, and take a pill for every last thing. I know there will always be the overweight and out of shape, but of all things to be #1 at, being the fattest nation in the world isn't one we should strive for.
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Old 09-17-09, 07:01 PM
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The temp labor place next door is surrounded by bikes everyday...does that count?
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Old 09-17-09, 08:54 PM
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I'm a mailman with a walking route and I ride everyday 16 miles roundtrip to work, in a pretty hilly area. My co workers all think I am insane and poor. When I tell them how much better I feel now than I did years ago, they think I am lying to hide my mental illness or poverty. Oh well they don't know what they are missing. The real funny thing is over half of them live in town less than 2 miles roundtrip. I am guessing most of them think they'd be to tired after the day to ride home. While some days I still feel like that, even after 6 years of bike commuting, I always make it home and I feel better after riding.

None of them have ever commuted to work by bicycle in the 12 years I have worked there. There are 26 people in my office.

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Old 09-17-09, 09:05 PM
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Originally Posted by JoeyBike View Post
If I had to drive to work I would either quit my job, or cut my throat with my multitool.


Now that's worth quoting.
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I work in a 21 story building, but only 14 floors are occupied. There's a badge-controlled bike room on the first floor with 3 bike racks. At this time of year it feels pretty crowded with at least every second spot taken by the time I get in. About 20 bikes I guess. In the middle of summer it's not quite as crowded.

I've heard that because of this level of usage, all new buildings on campus will get a similar room. We also have a shower room nearby, and our building is next to a major bike path (Brays Bayou).
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i'm a nurse at a hospital and all the female nurses complain about being overweight and want to loose some weight. They see me commuting on the bike and are always asking how to loose the weight so I started an exercise group. Now there is one guy getting serious and will hopefully be commuting with me soon.
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I might have perhaps been too optomistic. The first day of rain of the new school year was yesterday and my bike was the only one locked up outside my building.
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We've got one new bike commuter in my office who started this summer, and I've seen a few others on my commute route. Not a surge by any means, but at least I'm not alone anymore.
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I definitely see more people out on the streets and roads.
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While I've been seeing lots of people out on bikes in my area, there are only a couple of regular bike commuters at my office (couple hundred employees in this building). The two bike racks in the parking garage had more bikes parked in them when I started riding two years ago today than they do now.
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i manage a retail store in a big mall, and as far as i know i'm the only one riding, despite the fact that most people i talk to live within 5 miles. i get a lot of questions, most people are nice about it and a lot express interest in doing it themselves, until i ask when i should meet up with them to ride in! oh well. the security teams give me a hard time sometimes, eventually i'll start mocking their segways but for now i just ignore it.
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Last year I was the only bike commuter at my office. Now there are 3 of us out of a staff of about 40. Automobile parking passes at my institution cost about $1000 per year (and rising), so I predict there will be more of us. It really does feel great to have exercise built into your day. Like Joey above, I couldn't imagine driving in now.
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7 people in our company. 1 drives in every day from acreage out of town. 4 ride regularly, 2 of which ride the bus in bad weather and the other 2 carpool, 1 takes the bus every day, 1 gets dropped off by his mom. Only 3 people with driver's licenses here.
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