Commuting modes and times ?

Linford

Guest
How does your commute compare using different modes ?

I work out of town, and my commute is about 5 miles each way..

Outward commute
Cycling
5 mins - Putting on cycling gear
3 mins - defeating security
20 mins - Cycle commuting
5 mins - Changing for work
33 mins - total

Motorcycle
4 mins - Putting on motorcycle gear
5 mins - defeating security
12 mins - Motorrycle commuting
4 mins - Changing for work
25 mins - total

Car
5 mins - Getting Dressed
1 min - Starting Car
15 mins - commuting
0 mins - Changing for work
21 mins - total

Having just done the exercise, I am actually quite surprised at the outcome.

How do your commuting times and modes compare when doing an end to end calc ?
 

summerdays

Cycling in the sun
Location
Bristol
Well I don't get changed at the end of my commute and can usually park the bike at my destination so get bike - 1 min, ride in 20, lock bike 1 min, walk into office 30 sec. If I took the car it would probably involve a 15 minute walk from somewhere that I could find to park for free and another 10 mins driving around looking for the parking space and that's excluding the 15 minute drive after getting the car from the garage (shed doors are less faff).
 

tadpole

Senior Member
Location
St George
Dressing eating breakfast leaving house locking house, going back to the house for keys 25minutes
cycling to work 33
showering 9 minutes
cooling down 2 hours

Dressing eating breakfast leaving house locking house, going back to the house for keys 25minutes
driving to work 30
parking the car, locking up, returning to car for building pass 9 minutes
struggling to stay awake for the next 2 hours

even stephens for me.
 

GrasB

Veteran
Location
Nr Cambridge
For some people this becomes a little interesting. For instance if I worked it out commuting by car would be about 40min quicker each way. However if I didn't commute by bike I'd need to factor in training time, this would actually mean because I didn't commute in I'd lose about 45min/day.
 

DCLane

Found in the Yorkshire hills ...
Bike: 28-35 mins for 10 miles plus 5 mins changing = 33-40 mins
Car: 25 (or 35) mins driving, 5 mins parking, 20 (or 0 depending where I park) mins walk = 50/40 mins; if I park at work for over 5 hours it's £25, so I park further away where it's £3.50

Bike wins almost every time. Like GrasB above I'd need to do seperate training if I used the car more often and I just don't have the time available for that.
 
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Linford

Linford

Guest
Well I don't get changed at the end of my commute and can usually park the bike at my destination so get bike - 1 min, ride in 20, lock bike 1 min, walk into office 30 sec. If I took the car it would probably involve a 15 minute walk from somewhere that I could find to park for free and another 10 mins driving around looking for the parking space and that's excluding the 15 minute drive after getting the car from the garage (shed doors are less faff).
The difference for me is that I live fairly central in town, and work out in the sticks. The commuter traffic is all heading the other way on my commute and the works car park is free and in the grounds of the building.
 

beany_bot

Über Member
8 miles.

Scooter = 20mins
Bicycle = 35mins (40 just now but ive just started so hoping to get down)
Train = 45mins
Car = 45mins
Bus = 60mins

You will never get better than a scooter but I want to get fit so decided to cycle.
 

Teuchter

Über Member
Depends on traffic a little but typically I'd estimate roughly:

Cycling:
Put on cycling gear: 2 mins
Get bike out of shed: 2 min
Cycle to work: 35 mins
Secure bike at work: 2 mins
Shower and change at work: 15 mins
-----------------------------------
Net Time: 56 mins
Enjoyment handicap: -15 mins (or -5 mins if gale force headwind)
Corrected time: 41 mins

Motorcycling:
Dressing and puting on motorbike gear: 4 mins
Uncover and remove locks from bike: 2 mins
Motorbike to work: 20 mins
Secure bike at work: 2 mins
Change at work: 2 mins
-----------------------------------
Net Time: 31 mins (add 5 mins if raining and additional waterproofs required)
Enjoyment handicap: -10 mins
Corrected time: 21 mins

Driving:
Get dressed: 2 mins
Faff about plugging in ipod and selecting music: 1 min
Drive to work: 30 mins
-----------------------------------
Net Time: 33 mins
Enjoyment handicap: +20 mins
Corrected time: 53 mins

Cycling is further enhanced by the fact that I don't need to take time to shower at home before I leave, offsetting the time I take to shower at work from total elapsed time from getting out of bed.
 

Andrew_Culture

Internet Marketing bod
Three miles (assuming I go the standard route, which I rarely do).

Cycling

MORNING
  1. Stuffing packed lunch comprising of an increasing number of tupperware tubs and big flasks into my rucksack while trying not to stumble over cats, child, wife, self - 10 minutes
  2. Unhooking bike - 11.3 seconds
  3. Trying to get child to wave goodbye - 5 minutes
  4. Activating various GPS - 3 minutes
  5. Deciding to pop back in for a wee - 10 minutes
  6. Trying to get child to wave goodbye - 5 minutes
  7. Cycling to work - 13 minutes

EVENING
  1. Shutting lid of laptop to put it in standby - 1 second
  2. Stuffing empty tupperware tubs etc into rucksack - 20 seconds
  3. Reopening laptop to try and get it to standby properly - five minutes
  4. Activating various GPS - 3 minutes
  5. Cycling home - 13 minutes
  6. Trying to get child to wave hello - 5 minutes

Driving
I'm fed up of typing, but I do know driving to work takes 25 minutes and driving back takes 45 minutes.
 

Beebo

Firm and Fruity
Location
Hexleybeef
Train
Walking to station 15 mins
wait for train 3 mins
On train 35 mins
Walk to work 12 mins
Total 65 mins

Bike
release bike from shed 2 mins
cycle 50 mins
Park bike 2 mins
shower / change 10 mins
Total 64 mins

My cycle and train times are pretty much the same. Except one is stressful and cost £9 per day, the other is healthy and free (except it isnt free is it)
 
Location
Edinburgh
Bike
Dress in cycle clothes 00:05
Make lunch 00:05
Pack rucksack/pannier/seatbag 00:02
Bike out of shed 00:01
Ride to work 00:30
Lock bike & walk to changing room 00:01
Shower / change / chat 00:10
Walk to desk 00:01

AM Commute 00:55

Walk to changing room 00:01
Change / chat 00:05
Walk to bike & unlock 00:01
Ride home 00:45
Put bike away 00:01
Get changed 00:05

PM Commute 00:58


Bus
Get dressed 00:05
Make lunch 00:05
Walk to bus stop 00:02
Wait for bus 00:10
Ride into town 00:40
Walk to next bus stop 00:02
Wait for bus 00:10
Ride to nearest stop to work 00:05
Walk to work & desk 00:02

AM Commute 01:21

Walk to nearest stop to work 00:02
Wait for bus 00:10
Ride into town 00:10
Walk to next bus stop 00:05
Wait for bus 00:20
Ride to home 00:50
Walk home 00:01

PM Commute 01:38


Car
Never done it
 
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