Commuting modes and times ?

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by Linford, 20 Aug 2012.

  1. Linford

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

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

    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 ?
  2. summerdays

    summerdays Cycling in the sun Moderator

    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).
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  3. tadpole

    tadpole Senior Member

    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.
  4. GrasB

    GrasB Veteran

    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.
  5. DCLane

    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.
  6. 400bhp

    400bhp Guru

  7. OP

    Linford Guest

    Its a Merc :rofl:

    Seriously though, I give it about half a minute to allow the oil to work its way around the head before stickign it in gear.
  8. GrasB

    GrasB Veteran

    Nr Cambridge
    I assuming he means walking out the door to starting the car rolling. That well could take 1 min putting bits in the boot & getting out of the drive etc.
  9. OP

    Linford Guest

    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.
  10. beany_bot

    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.
  11. 400bhp

    400bhp Guru

    Then he isn't being consistent.

    Getting bike out etc needed.
  12. Teuchter

    Teuchter Über Member

    Erskine, Scotland
    Depends on traffic a little but typically I'd estimate roughly:

    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

    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

    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.
  13. Andrew_Culture

    Andrew_Culture Internet Marketing bod

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


    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

    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

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

    Beebo Firm and Fruity

    Walking to station 15 mins
    wait for train 3 mins
    On train 35 mins
    Walk to work 12 mins
    Total 65 mins

    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)
  15. Theseus

    Theseus .

    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

    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

    Never done it
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