Occasionally I do wonder why...

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Occasionally I do wonder why...

Postby hartleymartin » Tue Jul 27, 2010 10:14 pm

We'd ever bother with some forms of public transport.

There is a particular place that I am thinking about moving to for the purposes of study. It is 11.4km from home. A commute by public transport would take well over 90 minutes (including the short walk to/from the train station) At a mere 7.6kph average speed I could beat public transport. My average trip speed tends to be around the 15 to 18kph mark. This means about a 45-50 minute trip on a good day commuting. A similar trip driving tends to be about 35 minutes (probably longer with the peak-hour traffic!)

Of course, if I lived on-campus then there would be no commute at all!
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Re: Occasionally I do wonder why...

Postby martinjs » Tue Jul 27, 2010 11:06 pm

Hey Martin, you should try it out our way, the question is more, what is public transport? :lol:

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Re: Occasionally I do wonder why...

Postby Aushiker » Sat Jul 31, 2010 12:07 pm

martinjs wrote:Hey Martin, you should try it out our way, the question is more, what is public transport? :lol:


:lol:

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Re: Occasionally I do wonder why...

Postby casual_cyclist » Fri Aug 13, 2010 6:41 pm

hartleymartin wrote:We'd ever bother with some forms of public transport.

There is a particular place that I am thinking about moving to for the purposes of study. It is 11.4km from home. A commute by public transport would take well over 90 minutes (including the short walk to/from the train station) At a mere 7.6kph average speed I could beat public transport. My average trip speed tends to be around the 15 to 18kph mark. This means about a 45-50 minute trip on a good day commuting. A similar trip driving tends to be about 35 minutes (probably longer with the peak-hour traffic!)

Of course, if I lived on-campus then there would be no commute at all!

My worst bus trip home from work took an hour. Of course it is only 25 minutes to ride home but I didn't have my bike that day :roll:
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Re: Occasionally I do wonder why...

Postby eucryphia » Fri Aug 13, 2010 8:54 pm

hartleymartin wrote:Of course, if I lived on-campus then there would be no commute at all!


I lived on campus for 5 years. Lectures were 5 mins walk from my room.

I only had a bike, and would ride into town to do my food shopping every second day or so.

My wife refuses to live in an apartment, otherwise we'd live in one across the road from where I now work, a 5 minute walking commute. I would ride solely for enjoyment and own a car only for weekend jaunts out of the city; t'would be bliss... :D
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Re: Occasionally I do wonder why...

Postby goneriding » Mon Aug 16, 2010 2:37 pm

If I drive 10 mins
Public transport - 30 - 40 minutes
Bike - 45 mins (if I went the way my wife thinks I go it's about 10 mins)
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Re: Occasionally I do wonder why...

Postby thomashouseman » Mon Aug 16, 2010 2:48 pm

goneriding wrote:(if I went the way my wife thinks I go it's about 10 mins)


LOL! I had to admit taking a "long-cut" once when I got a flat tyre....

Went something like... "What took you so long?" A: "I got a flat..." Response "But it's only a 10 min walk away...." Me: "Ahhhh...... yeah... about that..."
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Re: Occasionally I do wonder why...

Postby Aushiker » Mon Aug 16, 2010 2:49 pm

Hi

I trained this morning from Fremantle to Joondalup, so door to door (walking at each end) took about the same time as my ride door to door. I know which is far more enjoyable and better for me.

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Re: Occasionally I do wonder why...

Postby goneriding » Mon Aug 16, 2010 3:40 pm

thomashouseman wrote:
goneriding wrote:(if I went the way my wife thinks I go it's about 10 mins)


LOL! I had to admit taking a "long-cut" once when I got a flat tyre....

Went something like... "What took you so long?" A: "I got a flat..." Response "But it's only a 10 min walk away...." Me: "Ahhhh...... yeah... about that..."


I got a flat like that and then the replacement flatted soon after. I then had to walk somewhere that was on the way home before calling to say I needed a pickup. I'm still getting away with it but I think there is suspicion that I may be taking long cuts.
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Re: Occasionally I do wonder why...

Postby casual_cyclist » Mon Aug 16, 2010 3:51 pm

thomashouseman wrote:
goneriding wrote:(if I went the way my wife thinks I go it's about 10 mins)


LOL! I had to admit taking a "long-cut" once when I got a flat tyre....

Went something like... "What took you so long?" A: "I got a flat..." Response "But it's only a 10 min walk away...." Me: "Ahhhh...... yeah... about that..."

haha! I once rode to the video shop 2 blocks away to return some dvds. It took nearly an hour :wink:
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