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Why commute by bike - why not? Tell me your opinion!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Since spring is here, I do most of my commute by bike and train.
I was reflecting, what are my own benefits of commuting by bike.


WHY COMMUTE BY BIKE:

1. It is often faster.

I found that going by bike vs. going by car and looking for a place to park in a crowded city, or waiting for public transport, by bike it just faster.
My ground rule is that up to 30-45 minutes by bike is often faster. If the ride is longer then 45 minutes, this advantage erodes.


2. Saves time during the day.

If I go by bike, and pedal in a sporty way, I have double use of the same time spent:
Exercise + Commute.
I used to do this with running, but running is less comfortable to commute.
Walking is good, but sometimes it's just too slow.


3. Keeps me moving even on those days when otherwise I wouldn't exercise at all.


4. Feeling of freedom.

I just feel free on the bike!
This alone totally worth it!


Last week I was in Greece, and during one of my bike rides, I discovered this lovely orthodox chapel on the coastline. Had I not bike, I wouldn't have seen it.



WHY NOT COMMUTE BY BIKE:


1. If it rains, it is still not perfect.

I have good gears against rain, glasses, gloves, without this I wouldn't even bother trying it. But still, there is this factor of putting the gear on, and store the wet gear in a plastic bag upon arrival.


2. Poor bike is theft-safe, but it is a poor bike.

This is the usual dilemma of me: my poor bikes never got stolen.
But they offer a lesser experience vs. my better bike.
The better bike is better to ride, but can get stolen.


3. Some roads, areas, just don't cut it for bikers.

Usually it takes some time for me to discover the best routes for bike commute. These are low traffic, less marked streets, or dedicated bike roads, and most of the time only known by bike riders. However, when I go to a new place in town, I often don't have the time to experiment to find the best-bike-friendly-way. So I go with the traffic, which is as it sounds, going with the traffic.


All in all, I think the benefits of commuting by bike outweigh the disadvantages with an incomparable amount.

Just alone the feel of being free worth it.


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  • v CLAIREINPARIS
    Cycling to work in the part of the Paris suburb where I live would be crazy. French drivers are mad and don't know how to drive with cyclists around. Also, what do you do when you get to the office? Do you take a shower? It is very steep for part of the journey here and I would definitely need a shower (also... cycling in work clothes?!). Yet, I am really not far from the office and could walk there from time to time, it is a 1 hour walk (I did it once when my car was being repaired). If I did that a couple of times a week, it would make it much easier to get to the number of steps I am looking to achieve ( indeed Exercise + Commute all in one!)! Thank you for making me think about it, I'll have to try walking to the office.
    832 days ago
  • v RR1_RR1
    I live in nyc so nope I dont- but others do and the bikers are ruthless here almost running people over. lol.
    833 days ago
  • v KALISWALKER
    I am new to biking and love it. As always I enjoy your blog.
    834 days ago
  • v GLORIAMAJDI
    I think biking to work is a wonderful thing. I would love to do so if it wasn't such a far commute (45 minutes by car).
    836 days ago
  • v NICKYCRANE
    Lovely picture!
    I would not bike here. Drivers are too dangerous. 2 of my neighbours were thrown off their bikes and badly concussed, lives in danger, in 2 separate incidents. One was drunk, tho the driver should have been careful, but the other was just riding sensibly, minding his own business. I value my life and my one experience in an Albanian hospital is not one I would wish to repeat!
    837 days ago
  • v DDOORN
    I LOVE commuting by bike! Time-wise it is a close draw between car and bike, but I highly agree with the other points you make. I am fortunate enough to have two local parks and rail-trails which cover approx. 1/2 my commute.

    So many mornings during my cycling commute I get so excited over various aspects of nature which I notice that would have been totally overlooked from within my car.

    My biggest hurdle is that I absolutely HATE cycling in the rain and I just don't think there is any gear which can change my attitude toward this. The 2nd biggest hurdle is that 2-3 nights a week I work late, well past sunset and I am skittish about riding at night, despite having a pretty good light set up (Light & Motion VIS 360) on my helmet.

    But I do try to commute 2-3 times a week...about 11 miles each way. Love to take "the long way home" on days when I have time too!

    Don

    ps...thx for stopping by my blog! Hope you catch up with "Safety!"
    837 days ago
  • v KANOE10
    I think it is a great idea and has benefits for the planet as well as health for you!

    I am a walker and often walk rather than take a bus or car.
    837 days ago
  • v INGMARIE
    emoticon I am retired and without a bike ,but I walk a lot to the store to my appointments too. The trip is to short to get in the car and walking is about 40 minutes to 60 minutes both ways. emoticon

    Loved your photo from Greece, have spent time on Crete many ears ago ,loved it.

    Have a great weekend.
    837 days ago
  • v 4A-HEALTHY-BMI
    I would like to when I move but I have been warned that the roads are unsafe there. I think I will try it anyway because I'm stubborn like that. We shall see.
    837 days ago
  • v SUNSET09
    No, I don't commute by emoticon as it takes me that long by emoticon . Not only the ones you mentioned, another benefit is that it's better for the environment and saves emoticon ! emoticon and emoticon
    837 days ago
  • v MARYJOANNA
    You are unusual in that you think about commuting by bike. Good for you! You can see so much more and have less worries about where to park. I applaud you!
    837 days ago
  • v ADIOSALL
    Thanks for the Picture! I spent a week on Crete another week in Athens, oh, how long has it been, it feels like yesterday. My God, it's been 30 years ago! Wow! Loved it and all these years I've had the memories!
    837 days ago
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