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Fast along fast roads
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Which type of commute do you prefer

Old 08-09-10, 07:45 AM
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Which type of commute do you prefer

Like many people (especially those who live in cities) I have many ways to commute home.

Which type of route do you prefer (and why?)
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Your poll doesn't take into account the variables I use. If I have a bike friendly route that has wide, clean shoulders then I pick that one. If I have 2 equally friendly routes but their is a speed difference, I pick the slower route. If I have a route with 2+ lanes in each direction or a regular 2 lane roade, I'll pick the 2 lane road. Even though logic dictates that the 2+ lanes should be easier to get around me, people tend to be less patient on those types of roads. I don't like weaving through neighborhoods even though those are the least traveled streets. It's usually too indirect and their are kids that think they can run out in front of you.
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What about fast along empty side streets?

Or fast through the park or cemetery to avoid busy streets?

Or the days I want some extra miles and take the long loop?
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I chose fast, but the real answer is both. I like to ride fast most of the time, but sometimes I might be tired and just want to cruise at a slower pace and not worry about fast moving traffic, so those days i'll take the back roads.
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I like a variety.
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I consider backroads (residential streets) safer -while not always necessarily slower. For me safety is the overriding criterion.
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Both. Sometimes I feel like putting the hammer down, sometimes I feel like taking it easy.
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When I'm late I'll often take the shortest-path route, but I prefer to take a longer, less-busy route. One benefit of bicycle-commuting is stress-relief, and this is greatly abated when taking stressful busy streets.
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I like going fast along slow back roads. Fast for me is nowhere near fast for a car
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I take the routes with the bike lanes. There are no back roads in Manhattan. The only consolation is that I get to ride in Prospect Park for a short distance.
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