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Old 11-21-2011, 02:11 PM
Location: AZ
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How many people, in an effort to be more "green", started riding a bike to school/work/shopping instead of driving a car??
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Old 11-21-2011, 03:33 PM
Location: Bend Or.
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I did before a hip replacement prevented it.
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Old 11-21-2011, 08:53 PM
Location: Lake Forest, CA
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I have been bicycle commuting to work and using a bicycle for local errands for decades, but it was not to become more green. Bicycle commuting is a built in fitness routine for me, and I really enjoy my daily commutes. It can be addicting, and it can also be a challenge, but I love it. The green thing or saving money goes along with it, but that is not what bicycle commuting is all about for me. Unless a person really enjoys bike commuting, the motivation to keep at it will likely wear off.
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Old 11-24-2011, 07:55 AM
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I used to ride a bike down to the small local store all the time unless it was snowing. Faster, easier and more convenient. Nice change since I did nothing but drive all day anyway for work. Can't do that now because with the new house it would take half a day. LOL

Now that I think about up until I was 16 I walked to school every day too. Elementary was close as was middle school, only a few blocks. The high school was about 1 mile trek (uphill and through two feet of snow ), never liked the bus and the bus stop wasn't much less difference anyway.
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Old 11-24-2011, 08:26 AM
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Depends on what that bike commute is like,if you have to share the same roads with car traffic i'd think it would be a risky venture with todays distracted motorists, if its a pleasant pedal for a few miles down a seldom used country road or a dedicated bike path then bikes are great..
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Old 11-24-2011, 08:51 AM
Location: San Antonio, TX
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My kids and I bike to school every day. We walked to school before we started doing that though...I have a rule of never driving anywhere that's close enough to walk to, and we walk or bike in all kinds of weather.

It can be a little expensive to get the whole family equipped with bikes and to keep those bikes working well.
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Old 11-24-2011, 09:54 AM
Location: Planet Eaarth
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Originally Posted by whirnot View Post
I did before a hip replacement prevented it.
Joint replacement shouldn't keep you off cycles. I use an ADULT tricycle to get around with.

Personal Acitivity Vehicle PAV Tricycle from Worksman Cycles
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Old 11-25-2011, 11:10 PM
Location: mid wyoming
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No I live 18 miles from the city limits and 20.5 miles from work.
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Old 11-26-2011, 07:34 PM
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We ditched one car and are now "car light" (2 drivers, one shared automobile). Saved a ton of money too on insurance and gas. We fill up maybe once every three months or so.

We chose our house carefully when it came time to buy. Made sure we could bike/walk to work, shopping etc. For us it just made the most sense financially.
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Old 11-26-2011, 10:55 PM
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Nope. I'm 30 miles from town and I've got 9 miles of rough graded country dirt roads before I even reach pavement.

Given the severity of our climate for 6 months of the year, a bicycle is a totally impratical transportation choice.

As my off-farm job is a traveling sales rep with a territory covering 4 states, that precludes going to work with a bicycle. Nor is a bicycle a practical way to transport the tonnage of raw and finished goods or livestock that I need to haul year 'round.
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