I moved today from D.C. to Bethesda. Shorter commute to work (still bike/metro), quieter (my DC neighborhood was a little too heavy on the party, and I’m saving $$$.
Before settling on a location, I wanted to make sure I’d still ride every day and live in a place that doesn’t require a car to enjoy restaurants, grocery shop, and get around.
As I’m resting after a long day’s move, I was wondering how many of you consider your bike and rideability into where you live? Have you left a place that was problematic for riding? Been draw. to a location because it’s more bike and walking friendly? Please, share your thoughts and stories.
It's central to me.
Dan, about 15 months ago my one-way commute went from 4.5 miles to 25 miles (and still in the city!) I dream of a commute like yours! :)
holy crap! your one way commute is 25 miles and you live and work in the city?
do you live in rogers park and work in hegewisch or vice versa?
so that's 50 miles round-trip, do you do that ride everyday? i thought my 30 mile round-trippers everyday years ago was a lot of riding, but 50 miles of bike commuting everyday is a whole other level.
Dan, I live in Avondale and work in Roselawn/Pullman. For the first few months I rode 2-3 days a week, but since then I nearly always drive to work. When I ride it I ride to Millenium Station in the morning, take Metra to 95th, and ride the final leg, which takes 1:20. Getting home takes around two hours with or without Metra. I haaaaate driving to work (I love driving, just not in the city) but it saves me So. Much. Time. And I just want my time back. There are far worse ways to spend hours a day, but that's still hours a day. I can still ride everything else. My commute will be getting shorter (if still long) again soon, and I'm going to see what the new ride is like in terms of time.
Ha! I used to commute from Uptown to Oak Park and, when we moved to the South Loop, my commute via bike was cut in half; however, I actually felt safer on the longer commute.
Uptown is good, too...
At one point, I remember seeing an article about an apartment building paying to have a Divvy station installed in front of their apartment. I love when apartments get how important it is to have alternative options. In D.C., bike share stations are empty pretty early in the morning - they struggle to keep up with the demand. I used bike share when I was waiting for my Brompton to arrive (I had to order from the U.K.) and ran into this problem nearly every day.
It was a major consideration in my move to my current apartment. My bike commute was cut in half and is so much more lovely. However, an unintended consequence is that I put on about 35 pounds from all the exercise I had thereby cut out of my routine. I've since had to step up my non bike exercises to get back to equilibrium.