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Any others feel 'guilty' when driving a car?(21 posts)

Any others feel 'guilty' when driving a car?rwbadley
Aug 16, 2002 7:33 AM
After years of cycling for recreation and transportation, my attitude towards distance has been altered a bit.

I will ride fifty miles or more for 'fun'. I will commute here to there on the bike. A distance of five miles is short, and begs to be ridden.

The other day, I chose to drive a relatively short five miles or so in the car. It was hot out.. I had to carry some stuff... I needed to get there fast.... tooo much traffic....Yeah Yeah. So on the way over and back I pounded my sad sack self for not being on the bike.

Any others go through this mental exercise??

RW
when I drive to workTomS
Aug 16, 2002 7:46 AM
Sometimes I just feel lazy in the mornings and will drive; usually as soon as I pull out of my neighborhood, especially if I see another cyclist, I start thinking about how I should've ridden instead. Then if traffic is heavy I really beat myself up about it - my commute is only about 6 miles, if there's heavy traffic it's not that much faster by car.

Not so much for shopping though, I usually go grocery shopping with my wife (who doesn't ride) and we don't go that often so we have a lot of stuff to bring home.
Exactlydjg
Aug 16, 2002 10:25 AM
Between work and a pair of 5-month old twins (and another child), it's just not convenient to commute by bike everyday (basically, I shoot for 4 days per week and settle for 3).

But lately, I feel crappy whenever I have to take the car. Sort of guilty and sort of jealous. I have to force myself to ignore the bikes immediately to my right on the 14th St. bridge so I don't rear end some poor bastard.
Only when I am with my mistress. (nm)onespeed
Aug 16, 2002 7:47 AM
Don't be, Mrs onespeed doesn't feel guilty when she is w/me (nm)Aztecs
Aug 16, 2002 9:14 AM
Left myself open for that one. Touche. (nm)onespeed
Aug 16, 2002 10:35 AM
not memr_spin
Aug 16, 2002 7:51 AM
I ride for fun, not because I don't want to drive. There is no political statement implied, and certainly no guilt attached.
not so much guilt to meTomS
Aug 16, 2002 7:54 AM
but when I *know* I feel better after a quick ride (to work) but I still just feel too lazy, and decide to drive. I end up regretting it about 95% of the time and wish I rode instead.
No, but I....filtersweep
Aug 16, 2002 7:55 AM
I walk as much as possible- largely because I live downtown and traffic and parking really suck.

What does get me is I sometimes avoid manhole covers when driving a car... or slow for a big bridge expansion joint.
Hee, Hee, yeah... I bunny hop cattle guards in the Toyota...nmrwbadley
Aug 16, 2002 1:23 PM
I hear you bother...alansutton
Aug 16, 2002 8:04 AM
Although I've have never once driven to work, I do feel the guilt when I drive short distances.
re: Any others feel 'guilty' when driving a car?Rode Warrior
Aug 16, 2002 8:18 AM
I don't feel guilty, but I'm usually in a better mood when I ride.

Steve
Sure do...miposy
Aug 16, 2002 9:22 AM
There are situations, where driving my car is pure lazyness.

When I drive at those times I feel very guilty. It's not any kind of environmental guilt, it is the guilt of knowing I don't exercises enough as it is, and I could easily be putting down 5, 10, or 15 miles, and would be having fun doing it...
I want to bike to work everyday but there are no showers here!nmjtferraro
Aug 16, 2002 9:48 AM
I want to bike to work everyday but there are no showers here!nmbcm119
Aug 16, 2002 10:04 AM
My workplace has no showers either, but I ride anyway. When I get there I just change in the bathroom and hang my sweaty bike clothes over the legs under my desk. Everybody that walks by says "eeewww, you stink". But they all look like the Pillsbury doughboy- I'd rather stink and be in shape.

And yes, I work for a dot-com in California.
Hah!jtferraro
Aug 16, 2002 10:29 AM
I thought about doing something like that but it just hasn't happened. I think I can bike a bit further to another office my company owns and shower there, though. I think it is close enough that I wouldn't get all sweaty again biking back to my office. Hmm...

How far is your office from your home? Mine is too close at about 5 or 6 miles.

-Jeff
11 miles each waybcm119
Aug 16, 2002 11:53 AM
Its an annoying distance because just as you start feeling good, you're there.
Take an Italian shower.........;-)..........NMtronracer
Aug 16, 2002 10:37 AM
better guilty than deadtarwheel
Aug 16, 2002 12:20 PM
Where I live, the traffic is so bad that I doubt if I would survive a week bike commuting. No bike paths or lanes, narrow roads and lots of angry commuters. As much as I would like to bike commute, I'm not willing to risk my life doing it.
No Guilt because it's not doable.Juanmoretime
Aug 16, 2002 12:45 PM
I have a daily 86 mile one way commute. Knowing that riding almost 180 miles in a single day and working 9 to 14 hours a day makes it immpossible, even ocassionally. That doesn't stop me from missing my bikes.
Every time!Humma Hah
Aug 16, 2002 4:50 PM
If I use a car for something I can do on a bike, I feel like I'm cheating myself, as well as wasting resources.

A couple of years ago, I looked at the mileage logs and realized I'd gone 3 months on one tank of gas, using the truck only for grocery shopping and the like. During that same time, I'd put something over 1000 miles on the bike. I keep trying to equal that.