Author Topic: Half a bike commute  (Read 1615 times)

Heather

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Half a bike commute
« on: May 29, 2013, 05:35:40 AM »

Our new summer commuting habit: I bike to work, my husband rollerskis home.  We work in the same high tech park.   With the car, my husband drops our son off at daycare on the way to work, and I pick our son up on the way home.   I have negotiated reduced work hours (for less salary), so I leave work an hour before my husband.   
I'd like to go all-bike, but my son goes to a daycare that we can only get to via a busy road. For the one year more that he is there, there will still be one car involved.   

This half-commuting by bike plan could be a useful idea for other people too, if they have a friend at work who lives in the same neighbourhood.   It could be really useful for somebody who finds their work a bit too far from home to fit in a bike commute both ways each day.   
It also means there is a car available, to do those occasional lunch time errands, or in case there's a big thunderstorm after work.
You could pool three or four commuters with one car just as easily, with a bigger bike rack. 

   

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Re: Half a bike commute
« Reply #1 on: May 29, 2013, 08:29:49 AM »
My husband has taken to driving into work with the bike on Mondays, biking home Monday, biking to work Tuesday and driving home with the bike that night, etc.  Occasionally, he will do a round trip, but that's quite a bit of riding and it makes for pretty long days.  He is still cutting his driving in half (or slightly more) and still getting great workouts, but he has a car if he needs to bring anything home (our mail goes to a PO box where he works, so there are often packages, for example).

Some biking is far better than none.  Congratulations to you on finding a way to integrate at least some biking into your routines. 

kendallf

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Re: Half a bike commute
« Reply #2 on: May 30, 2013, 06:42:06 PM »
I have done this for years, varying between car pooling in the mornings with a co-worker who lives nearby, and then sometimes taking the car on Mondays and leaving it there most of the week while riding to and from work.  My commute is 19 miles one way, so this works pretty well.

Ironically, I bought a motorcycle recently; due to some schedule changes and a need to often go to our new house in the afternoons, I've had to cut my commute riding down quite a bit.  I am still riding because I'm training and I road race, but I need to get back to riding to/from work.. I miss it. 

Nothing like letting your mind free while you ride the bike home.  No motorized transport compares.