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    Had an unanticipated driving day today due to having to wear a suit (vomit). I wear one so rarely that I don't keep a spare at the office. Anyway, I've discovered that, in the AM, driving from my new house only saves me about 5 minutes over biking. And despite my drive being only 20 minutes, it still put me in a bad mood. My PM drive is maybe 15 minutes less than biking, but that's not enough to make me say "gee, maybe I'll just take the car today" like I used to when I lived on the Hill.

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    There are many days where my drive is only 20 minutes, maybe 25 at most, on good days. Since I'm traveling the opposite direction of the "rush flow", I'm usually hitting speeds of ... (looks for cops, realizes I'm on the internet) a solid 55MPH posted speed limit Except on 50 where the speed limit is 65 So, unfortunately, the differential between my 20 minute drive and my 2 hour-by-bike commute is significant... but today, I did get to say "gee, maybe I'll just take the bike today". I even woke up and got moving at 5:30! Had a great ride. The lines are painted on Sligo Creek Trail! I guess it was done some time ago, it's been a couple weeks since I biked in, but they're purple (have a pic, can't post from work). The sunrise was REALLY trying to be beautiful, and was very fiery when the sun first started to come up, but it didn't "fire up" much more than the horizon. Was hoping to snap a nice shot like I had several weeks ago. Still, I had an awesome ride in! Other than sweating like a pig because Merino should only be worn in sub-zero temperatures.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Certifried View Post
    There are many days where my drive is only 20 minutes, maybe 25 at most, on good days. Since I'm traveling the opposite direction of the "rush flow", I'm usually hitting speeds of ... (looks for cops, realizes I'm on the internet) a solid 55MPH posted speed limit Except on 50 where the speed limit is 65 So, unfortunately, the differential between my 20 minute drive and my 2 hour-by-bike commute is significant... but today, I did get to say "gee, maybe I'll just take the bike today". I even woke up and got moving at 5:30! Had a great ride. The lines are painted on Sligo Creek Trail! I guess it was done some time ago, it's been a couple weeks since I biked in, but they're purple (have a pic, can't post from work). The sunrise was REALLY trying to be beautiful, and was very fiery when the sun first started to come up, but it didn't "fire up" much more than the horizon. Was hoping to snap a nice shot like I had several weeks ago. Still, I had an awesome ride in! Other than sweating like a pig because Merino should only be worn in sub-zero temperatures.
    It takes you 2 hours by bike, but only 20 minutes by car? What's the hold up?

    If you were Mark Blacknell, I'd tell you to just pedal faster.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tim Kelley View Post
    It takes you 2 hours by bike, but only 20 minutes by car? What's the hold up?

    If you were Mark Blacknell, I'd tell you to just pedal faster.
    I have similar differentials. Traveling on grade-separated car infrastructure (with no stops) is a huge factor when compared to how many times you have to stop on a bike.

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    Averaging 60 miles per hour on the highway for 20 minutes would give you 20 miles (being generous and not including getting from your neighborhood to the highway). Even with some two minute stop light waits thrown in, taking two hours to go 20 miles is slower than most people on Capital Bikeshare!

    I'm curious about your routes, if you don't mind sharing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tim Kelley View Post
    It takes you 2 hours by bike, but only 20 minutes by car? What's the hold up?

    If you were Mark Blacknell, I'd tell you to just pedal faster.
    If it took me two hours by bike and 20-25 minutes by car, I'd drive every day. No question. Kudos for biking with that kind of differential.

    Even if you average a fast-for-urban-areas 15 mph overall including stops (shut up, Tim) that's still about an hour and 15 minutes versus 20-25.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tim Kelley View Post
    Averaging 60 miles per hour on the highway for 20 minutes would give you 20 miles (being generous and not including getting from your neighborhood to the highway). Even with some two minute stop light waits thrown in, taking two hours to go 20 miles is slower than most people on Capital Bikeshare!

    I'm curious about your routes, if you don't mind sharing?
    My old commute wasn't quite that bad, but it usually took me about 1:15 to do 12ish miles. That was riding from Capitol Hill, across the river, up the MVT, then up into FFX. Most of the time was on the DC end, as it took me something like 30 minutes to do the first 5 miles. I think my average speed was about 12mph. My new commute I average about 15-17mph, depending on bike choice and what I'm carrying.

    I think it's more than just MPH though. When I was on the Hill, I could hop right on 395 and the GWMP, making for a pretty direct route, but my biking route was not direct at all...and if I had chosen the most bike-friendly route, it would've been even worse.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tim Kelley View Post
    I'm curious about your routes, if you don't mind sharing?
    Very happy to share!

    Here is my drive commute, which takes roughly 25-30 minutes. 20 is a slight exaggeration, but I am traveling "against the rush", so traffic tends to be MOO-VING, like "if you're not doing 75+ you're getting honked at" moving. Highway 50 is crazy, I see people flying by me at what must be 90+ (no exaggeration).
    http://goo.gl/maps/7eCLe

    Here is my bike commute Part 1, roughly. for some reason, Google maps doesn't want to let me map it down a section of the Anacostia trail:
    http://goo.gl/maps/M3eXy
    here's the Strava map for it:
    http://app.strava.com/activities/26040044

    then I catch a Metro bus, which I usually don't have to wait a long time for:
    http://goo.gl/maps/Wcep4

    then I ride 3.5 miles from the bus stop to work
    http://goo.gl/maps/f9SbG

    My average is usually around 13.5 to 14, depending on a lot of factors, including how heavy my commuter is. It takes me about 1:30 to 1:40 to do the 20 from home to New Carrollton. Then I catch a bus and ride it to Bowie, then ~15 minutes from there to work. If I were to skip the bus ride, I'd be looking at a 33 mile ride:
    http://goo.gl/maps/Xnn73

    Maybe I could ride 33 miles in 2 hours, and drop the bus times, but I usually don't have to wait more than 5-10 minutes for the bus. I'm happy to hear any suggestions! I'd love to cut the time down.

    edit: so, to be fair, 2 hours is to travel 33 miles, but I cut out 10 miles by using a bus. I cheat.
    Last edited by Certifried; 11-15-2012 at 02:26 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tim Kelley View Post
    being generous and not including getting from your neighborhood to the highway
    I live right at the intersection of 495 and Rockville Pike (under the bridge, don't hate) and I work right next to 50. I have no 'neighborhood' time to speak of LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by Certifried View Post
    I live right at the intersection of 495 and Rockville Pike (under the bridge, don't hate) and I work right next to 50. I have no 'neighborhood' time to speak of LOL
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