Beating the system - the cycling commuting section
When I was working as a tradie I used to ride as often as I could but the guy I was working for was very anti bike (Imagine that in the country.....).
Now that I am working for the Council as a garden gnome, I can ride every day and I have a very secure area to leave my bike and in a couple of months there will be shower facilities which will come in handy.
I only ride in 3 times a week as the other two days I have kids sport etc. I tend to leave early a couple of times a week and turn a 10km each way trip into a pre work traning ride of about 50km.
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I have one outside the box for you all
i ride between 15-20km each way to my work in regional NSW and i work as a plant operator at the waste managerment center (eg rubbish dump)
only one the works there that rides and i see bugger all other rideing to any other work place at the times i'm riding and the only one i do see are clubbies on a trainning ride
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i'm a stock standard office worker commuter.
we have reasonable EOT facilities (combination locked bike cages,showers, lockers if you're lucky) although to stand up straight in the bike cages you'd have to be shorter than 4'5".
In my office of around 50/60 people I think maybe 5 ride; at least 2 of those are intermittent/fair weather riders.
Pretty poor show really.....
I commute to a railway station where I have a bike locker and then by train to a bog-standard city office building that has showers & lockers and bike racks.
It would not be at all strange if history came to the conclusion that the perfection of the bicycle was the greatest achievement of the nineteenth century.
I commute 20km from a city suburb to an Australian government office in a satellite town. ZZZzzzz. That might make it seem like I'm cycling against the traffic but no! There's a lot of mining traffic chasing me out of Newcastle up into the Hunter Valley. But it has great EOT facilities and it's not a bad trip scenically, and easy. Wide highway shoulder all the way. No side streets or parked cars to door me.
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some days are like that ....
7 steel bikes and counting
I ride 25kms from the Brisbane southern suburbs to the CBD, 4 times a week. New fitout has cage, bathrooms, A/C, showers, lockers, towel service, etc. Some days there are 18 bikes from about 150-200 staff.
Faster than the bus and cheaper than $11 a day. Get to do extras some nights with workmates.
Even though it is relatively busy it is my quiet time.
7 steel bikes and counting
Im lucky and couldnt have it better. I ride to a council depot, 90% off rd cycleway along a lake edge. There is a locker room with about 80lockers, 8showers and a towel drying room. Bike racks are under cover and the whole shebang is inside a secure perimeter fence with video surveillance. Bit spoilt really. The locker room setup is for the garbos to shower after their shift so it's deserted when I use it first thing in the morning. The bike racks are a bit of an afterthought, but they are under cover so I'm not complaining. About 3-400 people work there and you can count on one hand how many cycle to work. That probably will slowly change as the traffic gets worse around here and petrol prices rise.
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I commute 16km to a factory in a light industrial area. Parking consists of a bike rack at the front door for 5 bikes, but we have secure fencing around the whole place. I've never seen more than 3 bikes parked there, including mine (we have a couple of hundred employees.)
Everyone who wants one has a locker, and there are several showers in different parts of the building.
A big government department building in Canberra. Has all the showers and lockers you could dream of and a cafe for my double-shot flat white post ride
Commute is roughly 45km round trip. Try and do it 3-4 times a week. -4 degree mornings here in Canberra make sleeping in a tempting option, but you just dress accordingly.
I just started commuting again to hospital after 6 month break 60km round trip.
The hospital has locked cages for bicycles that are regularly used as an bike spare part depo for thieves ,despite the security cameras present.
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