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View Poll Results: What transportation modes do you use?
Bicycle and walking
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Mass transit (bus/train/light rail)
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Taxis
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Borrow/rent a car on occasion
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Ask friends or family to drive you places
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Own/use scooter or motorcycle
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Other: please explain
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Other transportation options?

Old 10-14-13, 05:21 AM
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Other transportation options? (select all that apply)

What transportation options do you use? I use my bike, but not 100% of the time. Given, I haven't been car free for very long, but I also have a 125cc scooter. Public city bus service is spotty in my city, taxis are abundant and relatively cheap, and intercity train service is dependable and cheap except there's no place for full size bikes, only folding in a bag.

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My most commonly used method of transportation over the past several years are my feet. Lots of walking.
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95% cycling, 5% walking...I haven't used our public transit system for a very long time but it's an option which I have if neccessary.
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I cycle, walk, take the train and occasionally a bus or coach.
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In order: I bike, I walk, I take the bus, I take the plane, I rent a car, I take the airport shuttle, I take a taxi rarely because they are painfully expensive, I accept rides if offered by a friend but I don't ask for them.

Train service is so bad it's ridiculous. It takes twice as long to ride a train to Memphis as it does to ride my bicycle there. The only light rail is a trolley through the tourist districts so the only time I've ridden it was as the "host" at a bicycling conference.
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I don't care if you are on a unicycle, as long as you're not using a motor to get places you get props from me. We're here to support each other. Share ideas, and motivate one another to actually keep doing it.

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All of them except the scooter.
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I voted scooter but it's actually an E-Assist bike...
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Can no longer see to safely drive a car and rarely ride the bike any more, so it's walking or have my wife take me somewhere that is too far to walk in a timely manner. Taxis are too pricey. There is a transit service in my town, but you have to call dispatch to arrange for a ride ahead of time (and all of my emails to them about the service has gone unanswered).
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All of the above... literally. It depends on where I am and what I am doing.

Last time I went to Boston I drove my car there, parked it at the hotel. Took the T down to South Station and picked up a couple of bikes we had shipped there via Amtrak. Rode one to my son's house in Cambridge. Borrowed his roommate's small truck to haul one of the bikes out to western MA to my daughter. Rode the train up to Salem, MA for the day. My wife flew out and I drove back to PA where I was working. I own everything but my own train. I have a couple of vintage scooters a 1984 Honda CH-125 Elite and a 1979 Vespa Rally 200. I want to get a Stella with a sidecar eventually.

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I am currently riding a giant rotating sphere through the universe.
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85% cycling
5% walking
5% city bus
2% get my son to drag something (usually a fixer upper bike) back home in his automobile.

How's my math?
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85% cycling
5% walking
5% city bus
2% get my son to drag something (usually a fixer upper bike) back home in his automobile.

How's my math?
3% rotating on a giant sphere.

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95% cycling, 2.5% walking, 2.5% car, 0% public transportation because Trimet sucks.
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3% revolving on a giant sphere.

And it revolves around a bigger sphere which revolves around the center of a galaxy that is moving in space. Really, compared to this motion, anything we do on the planet's surface is trivial.
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95% cycling, 2.5% walking, 2.5% car, 0% public transportation because Trimet sucks.
Compared to the public transit we get in OR's #2 city, Trimet is awesome. Needless to say, Lane Transit District is horrid.

I mostly ride a bike, probably 60% of my trips. Walking is a close second, with almost all of the remainder. The dregs are split between the train, rental cars and the very occasional bus or trolley ride when I'm away from home. I probably ride a Whymcycle more than I take the bus or rent a car. I would ride the train more often, but my longer distance travel needs tend to take me up and down the Pacific Coast, and I just can't resist riding my bike on such trips. Oddly enough, I'm going to take the train next week because of a short deadline that requires me to either get suddenly much fitter than I am or just take the train.

The last cab ride I took was in '89 (unless the airport limo I took a few times in the '90s counts) and I don't beg rides off other people or ride a motorcycle (that's for old people).
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If I want to bicycle commute I have to combine it with buses, as my commute is too long. I could just drive to the bus stop and ride, but I would still get home late and not get a workout, so I never have. I've been tempted on snowy days though. My motorcycle/s are my usual motor transport.
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If I want to bicycle commute I have to combine it with buses, as my commute is too long. I could just drive to the bus stop and ride, but I would still get home late and not get a workout, so I never have. I've been tempted on snowy days though. My motorcycle/s are my usual motor transport.
Do you ride your motorcycle on snowy days? Is that safe? Is it comfortable? It doesn't seem like it would be, but I really don't know.
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Do you ride your motorcycle on snowy days? Is that safe? Is it comfortable? It doesn't seem like it would be, but I really don't know.
Depends...

Around these parts I don't even drive on snowy days... too many smart asses from up north think they can drive on snow... around here it usually starts out as freezing rain then the snow covers up the slick stuff. There ain't no where I gotta be that can't wait a couple of days until it all melts and the clear up the wrecks.

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Most of the time I bike. Sometimes I might do a combination; bus + walk,
bus + bike(folding bike in bus), in this case bike + train:

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I bicycle or walk for 90% or more of my local trips. Very occasionally, like once every two months, I'll take a bus. I signed up for a car-sharing program, and used it twice, but I probably won't use it again, because it's largely unnecessary where I live. (If you can fit it into a Smart Car, you can haul it on a bike, so what's the point?)
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Depends...

Around these parts I don't even drive on snowy days... too many smart asses from up north think they can drive on snow... around here it usually starts out as freezing rain then the snow covers up the slick stuff. There ain't no where I gotta be that can't wait a couple of days until it all melts and the clear up the wrecks.

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I've got a spiked walking stick for days like that. It's long enough to stabilize me, and the spike digs into the ice for traction.
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I've got a spiked walking stick for days like that. It's long enough to stabilize me, and the spike digs into the ice for traction.
I like YakTrax I have a pair that I was using when I was working up in Dundee, MI a few years back. They also come in handy if you are riding studded tires on your bike...

The typical "Snow Event" around here is 3-4" and will be pretty much melted off the roads within 48 hours. The television stations go to 24 hour around the clock coverage and the damned malls are open. Schools close, government close, and any businesses with common sense close. I can drive, ride and walk on snow, but prefer not to for self preservation.

Also it is a social requirement that anytime snow is forecast...even flurries that you head to the nearest grocery store to buy bread and milk. Around here the beer and chips get gone first, quickly followed by the bread and milk. If in the rare occasion a storm lasts more than 2 days people go stir crazy and insist on getting out and going to the stores anyway, which of course is reported on the news ad nauseaum.


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Almost all of my transport is by bike; I'll walk if it's a mile or less, and I feel like it. Since I got studded tires for the bike, snow is no longer a big issue, unless we REALLY get dumped on.

Today's a good example; I have to go pay a bill downtown, and I'll just quite naturally go get on the bike and head out. Make a lunchtime thing out of it, stop somewhere on the way back.

(NOTE: WOW, Aaron, 3-4" shuts down your town? Where ARE you, bud? 3-4" is just enough to make drivers look 10% more stupid here!)
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