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Old 05-09-2008, 10:12 AM
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I may be taking a job in Norwalk and would prefer to live in Santa Monica or Venice but realize that in traffic it would take prbly 2hrs plus to get there during rush hours. does anyone on here commute via motorcycle in the LA area and if so, does it cut down on commute time a lot (ie, 30 mins vs an hour). Since lanesplitting is legal here, I figure it might be a good way to commute. Thanks a lot for any info.
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Old 05-09-2008, 12:30 PM
Location: South Bay
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i think you'd be surprised about the commute from the coast to norwalk. you'd actually have a reverse commute on both the 405 and 105 freeways. your morning commute time would probably be more like 30-45 minutes each way, even faster if you use a bike. i personally ride a vespa, i dont even have a car. i don't use the freeways, but i am able to lane split on the major boulevards here and it easily cuts 10-20% off my travel time to and from work and i don't even really hit any traffic.
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Old 05-12-2008, 09:04 AM
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I commute regularly on a motorcycle and, although it depends on your actual route and the times you commute, odds are you'll be able to save a significant amount of time. If you travel during normal rush hour times, I would estimate you could probably cut your commute time in half, assuming your route consists of typical stop-and-go traffic.

Just as an example, my one-way commute is just 13 miles, but depending on when I leave and how traffic is that day, I can save anywhere from 10 minutes to over an hour each way, if there is an accident. But typically I would guess I save anywhere from 30-60 minutes per day.

On my motorcycle it typically takes 15-20 minutes, regardless of traffic. I think the longest it's ever taken me is 25 minutes. But in a car, on the low end it's 15-20 minutes, 30-45 is normal, with an hour plus with accidents, each way.

What you'll find if you lane split is there is a lot of wasted space between cars on freeways because people do not pay attention nor keep up with cars in front of them, and you can just zoom right through traffic by using this space.

Not to mention you'll get significantly better gas mileage and save yourself some money.
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Old 05-12-2008, 09:30 AM
Location: Hot Springs, AR
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I would simply drive. Like BRinSM, said you'll be going against traffic both ways. A car is a lot safer than a bike. If you have an accident, at least in car, you'll have a better chance of survival.
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