Bike Commute Diaries: Early Conference Call

21 Aug

When early morning conference calls cut into your commute time, sometimes you have to take it from the road. Or the trail in my case. By taking it slow on a low-traffic, low-stress bike route I can stay connected as I roll along, and my European colleagues are none the wiser.


About the Bike Commute Diaries: Launched in May 2012 for National Bike Month, this series explores the unexpected and surprising things I’ve learned about bicycling for transportation.


Posted by on August 21, 2012 in Commute Diaries


4 responses to “Bike Commute Diaries: Early Conference Call

  1. Frank

    August 23, 2012 at 10:29 am

    My “commuting time” is sacred to me. No phone calls and specially not work related. Two times a day I get some time all to myself so my voicemail is my friendly assistent during my rides.
    After all, there is a time to work and a time to relax and recharge the batteries. 😉

    • ladyfleur

      August 24, 2012 at 4:51 pm

      I don’t answer calls on my commute either. For these early meetings, though, my only option was to get up a lot earlier to take an early train. Not worth it sometimes.

  2. Richard Masoner (@cyclelicious)

    August 28, 2012 at 10:26 am

    I used to have an early Monday morning conference call. Like Lady, my choices were an early train, or take the call on my bike. I almost always chose the latter.

    (Single earpiece!)

    • ladyfleur

      August 28, 2012 at 11:14 am

      I usually will take the early train, but this particular morning I was too tired. I don’t like taking calls in transit or being on calls with people in transit for that matter. Aside from the obvious safety risk, there are often distractions so the conversation is not as productive.

      My former boss kept pushing to do our 1:1 meetings from his car, but I dodged them. He used to brag about driving 90 mph on the freeway and even with his hands-free phone that’s not safe for him or anyone else on the road.


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