Is Commuting A Choice?

Discussion in 'Commuting and Road Safety' started by DancingLady, Mar 17, 2015.

  1. DancingLady

    DancingLady Member

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    Is commuting by bike a personal choice for you or a necessity?

    For me it's a necessity, as I don't have a car, or the means to pay for a car. For my room mate, it's also a necessity because she can't afford to pay for that much gas, and where she works it can take 10 minutes sometimes just to find a place to park a car.

    If you are someone who cycles out of necessity, would you continue if another mode of transportation was available to you?
     
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  2. Volnix

    Volnix Well-Known Member

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    I get trolled by electric - somethings lately.

    I also had an interesting drag-race on the bike path with a Segway! (Damn they suck... :D )

    There was once this bike that had a 5cc engine or something fitted to it and it was running on gas! :D

    But the worst ones are some proper Chinese mopeds which just have the pedals for "legal reasons" and often have a plate that is just stating "electric bicycle"... They (or I ) should probably put a question mark next to that... "Electric Bicycle?", maybe not... :D

    I might make a "4 wheeled quad-cycle" with a functioning gear to push it and run "Assist" :D it with race fuel... and not pay tax, or insurance, or anything! :D Maybe crash a couple of stuff too! :D
     
  3. shilpa123

    shilpa123 New Member

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    It is a personal choice. I think it becomes a necessity only when you do not have enough money. But I do believe that it is great to use a bike.
     
  4. Froze

    Froze Well-Known Member

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    I've never been in that situation but I use to commute by bike to work a lot just because I'm a tightwad and didn't want to spend money for gas when I had a bike and I could take it into my office instead of locking it up outside. I think bicycling is a great mode of transportation if necessity dictates it, but there are times like when the weather is foul that you need alternative mode of transportation like the bus. I use to take the bus when I lived in Glendale California instead of the car when the weather was to foul to ride, which really only happened in the months of January and February! but I had a bus stop about 2 blocks from where I lived and the bus went directly to my front door of my business building where I worked, so I rarely drove the car to work, only when I needed to be somewhere immediately after work did I take the car. My wife on the other hand had to take the car into work because there were no buses and it was too far for her to ride a bike (nor would I want her to for her protection), so sometimes necessity dictates having a car, just depends on your circumstances.
     
  5. gavinfree

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    I know people on both sides of the equation, those who need to bicycle for transportation and those who do it out of preference. Either way, it's a smart idea that saves money and keeps the body healthier than it would be sitting in a car the entire trip. I don't like commuting by bicycle because I tend to cycle for leisure, or I'll exercise on the mountain trails.
     
  6. kana_marie

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    It's a choice. The car would be a lot more convienant and a lot quicker, but. Inking feels so good and gets me so up and motivated that I'm not going to commute any other way.
     
  7. Volnix

    Volnix Well-Known Member

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    Actually...

    I live near the centre. To go downtown:

    -Bus, 2 euro return, 30 min each way.
    -Taxi, 4+4 euro return, 20 min each way.
    -Car, Gas money, 40 min each way including parking.

    Bike: 7 min each way. (Ok, 10 if it's windy). Zero cost... Yeah, like 0.003 euro in equipment wear... :D
     
  8. vespid49

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    For me, it's a personal choice. First off, I love biking, it's quick, free, and agile. Secondly, I need to do some sort of exercise. If I don't move around I'll get fat and that's plenty enough motivation for me to mount up and take to the streets. Also, where I live, it's pretty bike friendly, so I try to bike as much as possible because at times it's faster than using a car.
     
  9. joshposh

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    Everyone's situation is different. Some want to save money and decide to ride to work. You save a ton of money on car maintenance, insurance, and gas. That would be a considerable savings over the course of a year. Car insurance alone is expensive. So it's all depends on the individual. Save money, or a good daily workout.
     
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    It doesn't hurt to save a buck here and there. Every time you open your car insurance bill you'r going to wish you had a cheaper way of getting around. You bikes maintenance fees are going to be minimum compared to your car. So why not commute with a bike?
     
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    Did you ride down Los Feliz towards Hollywood? That's a pretty sketchy commute especially during rush hour. If your commute was in Glendale it would have been much safer of course.
     
  12. pinkride

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    It is my choice since I do own a car, but I prefer commuting for various reasons such as economic, environmental etc. And to be honest all these years I'm actually used to it, so no reason to change.
     
  13. Catsyo

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    It used to be by choice but not anymore. I ended up selling my car because I'd rather ride my bike. For most of the places I go, it takes less time riding a bike and finding a spot to lock it up in than it does to drive a car and find a parking spot. I never really liked driving anyway. I got my license rather late and always had really bad cars. I can't force myself to save up enough to buy a nicer one and a nice bike is way cheaper.
     
  14. 9lines

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    I enjoy cycling as a choice. There are times I go to work by car. When the weather is good I choose cycling. I sometimes cycle because of traffic. When the roads are congested I can get my bike and cycle to work.
     
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