Sunday, August 20, 2006

Commute by Bike

I've recently heard some commute horror stories, which always remind me how lucky I am to be able to bike to work (and sometimes I definitely need reminding, given just how much I pay in rent for that priviledge). One of my coworkers has a 2 hour commute (each way). Another is thinking above moving a bit further west since rent is steadily climbing here in Reston, but might be looking at a 30 minute commute depending on traffic.

So here's my commute statistics for comparison:

2.43 miles
15.15 minutes
9.62 average speed

Throw in the added exercise and subtract expenses for gas, and you've got yourself a pretty sweet deal.

Oh, and speaking of expenses reminded me of the other reason I recently patted myself on the back for bike commuting. Virginia and Maryland have pretty strict vehicle inspection and emissions standards, so when Jason moved up here he had to get his ride inspected. Apparently they didn't appreciate a few rusty holes in the exhaust system, so there's a $700+ repair right there.


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