How Often Do You Ride a Bike?


| 8/4/2009 4:32:09 PM


Riding a bicycle is a great form of green transportation. Getting around on a bike doesn’t consume any fossil fuels, and it’s great exercise, too. A bicycle is also a relatively inexpensive purchase — at least compared to a car or motorcycle. (Check out our tips for finding a great new or used bike.)

We’d like to hear more about your biking habits. How often do you ride a bike? Do you ride more for transportation or for recreation? Is your community bike-friendly, or is it hard to get around safely? Share your thoughts and any tips for less experienced bikers by posting a comment below.



 

M. Gregory Cantori_1
8/18/2009 9:11:10 AM

I've just completed 100,000 bicycle commuting miles in the Baltimore area. There's already lots of good info out there in making it a part of your life - Bicycling is actually one of the fastest modes of transit if you use effective speed as your indicator. Effective Speed is the speed of travel minus the time you worked to pay for that mode. Effective speeds for cars for an average salaried person is about 10-14mph and even less in urban areas. Bicyclists run around 12-17mph. Also bicycle riders are getting fitter while getting there whereas a motorist still has to find the time and money to exercise if at all. Lastly, I've calculated I've saved over $95,000 - money I've used to buy a cruising sailboat and land to retire on...I'm fitter, faster and financially free! All because I have too much fun on my bicycle! :)


dan_33
8/8/2009 10:02:30 PM

I live in Franklin, TN. The good is that Franklin has a goal of being one of the top 25 green cities to live in and we have a transportation committee to try to help with that respect of it (although a lot of roads have the rubmle strips, I don't understand why they are on the side, that's anti-bike, but if they were in the middle of the lane, that would "wake" someone veering off either side of the road, but maybe sleepers never veer left?). I find that in general drivers here are pretty good (but could do better). For the most part, the "harassment" I get is people rolling down their windows and yelling "go lance". Some drivers honk coming up behind you, but I think that many do it to make sure you know that they're coming. Most drivers will swerve to keep clear of you (law in TN is that you aren't supposed to come within 3 ft of a cylclist, and in some parts, it's illegal to ride on the sidewalks, and you have to ride in the road (although in Chatanooga, the police dept thinks it's funny that a biker there was hit and killeed recently (http://chattanoogapulse.com/columns/on-the-beat/on-the-beat-combustion-engines-the-preferred-method/), which is sad that this officer doesn't agree or stand with the law but would rather make light of someone getting killed. He and his buddies probably wouldn't laugh if others made fun of an officer getting shot and killed. But here in Franklin, it's pretty good I think. I work at home, so have no commute, but I bike for excersise about 5 days a week (about 100-150 miles / week). I think that if you respect other drivers, you get more respect. I always make eye contact with people coming up on cross roads, wave to thank people for giving me plenty of room, always stop at stop signs (which is the law). There will always be the naysayers and idiots that yell at you when they pass, but most are lard-butts that are probably on their way to get junk food to go


barbara mueller
8/8/2009 7:34:17 AM

after a stroke I'm confined to a large 3 wheeler. it's great I can still get to places and get excersise. though riding a 3wheeler is not as easy as you would think. extra room and patience is required from auto drivers.




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