Bike Commute Diaries: On Time Arrivals

01 May

When I stopped driving every day and started biking more, I started being on time. I can’t fully explain it, but I must underestimate how long it truly takes to drive and how efficient a bike, even an upright city bike, can be.


About the Bike Commute Diaries: In honor of National Bike Month, I’m sharing 31 short, sweet and surprising things I’ve discovered about bike commuting, one for each day in May. Happy National Bike Month!


Posted by on May 1, 2012 in Around Town, Commute Diaries


4 responses to “Bike Commute Diaries: On Time Arrivals

  1. Alex

    May 2, 2012 at 7:44 am

    I started riding to work last year – I don’t ride every day, and I have such a long commute that I don’t ride the whole way either, but I still know what you mean. I drive until I hit the edge of the city (read: reasonable riding distance to work), and then I ride the folding bicycle I keep in my trunk. Most days.
    On days when I ride and don’t have to deal with city traffic and parking, I am always on time. On days when I drive and park near the office, it is a toss-up. Sometimes it goes ok, sometimes doesn’t. I don’t know if it’s because I mentally budget an extra 5 minutes for the bike days, or if the heavy traffic/parking factor has something to do with it.

    • ladyfleur

      May 2, 2012 at 6:22 pm

      I find that my sub 30 minute bike commute is more consistent time-wise that my car freeway commute. An accident, bad weather or construction would grind the cars to a halt on the freeway. And even when the surface streets congested, I could squeeze past most of it on my bike.

  2. Rachel Unger

    May 2, 2012 at 8:41 am

    What a nifty idea – I didn’t know about National Bike Month. 🙂
    I find that I’m always a hair late when I commute on the bike. I overestimate how quickly I go, or forget that the real world is not perfect. On short trips, it’s great, but commuting is kinda rough.

    • ladyfleur

      May 2, 2012 at 6:24 pm

      I guess I think I’m slower than I am on the bike, or more likely, in the car I neglect the walk from the parking lot to the building time.


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