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Bicycle commuting benefits websites, know any(5 posts)

Bicycle commuting benefits websites, know anystinkfoot247
Jun 17, 2003 4:17 PM
My mom wont let me touch my saved money to buy a bike to commute to work. She wants me to use it for a car. So does anybody know of some good websites naming the benefits of commuting to work I can show her
Not sure if this is what you are looking forPatM
Jun 18, 2003 3:49 AM
http://www.roadbikerider.com/commuters.htm

http://www.biketowork.com/

http://userwww.sfsu.edu/~pdorn/Commuting/commuting.html

http://www.bikecommuter.com/

http://tomrevay.tripod.com/ - some good tips
A couple more...KEN2
Jun 18, 2003 5:33 AM
http://www.kenkifer.com/bikepages/commute/index.htm
http://www.bikecommute.com/home.html
Another good oneKEN2
Jun 18, 2003 6:54 AM
http://www.bicyclinglife.com/PracticalCycling/index.html
What are your mother's concerns?ms
Jun 18, 2003 11:34 AM
I think that the websites that people have cited above are a good start. But, the real issue is what is/are you mother's concern(s). I try to commute by bike several times per week during Daylight Savings Time, but I also rely on my car to get to work when I cannot commute. If I were in your mother's shoes, I would have, at least, the following concerns:

1. Is it safe to commute by bike? The answer to this question depends upon the length of your commute, where you commute and the time of day in which you commute. If I were your mother, I would not be persuaded by stories of people who commute short distances (say, 10-15 miles) over trails or safe roads during daylight hours if your commute is going to be over long distances on bad roads in the dark. You need to make a realistic assessment of your potential commute and a convincing case that you can handle it.

2. What are you going to do when you cannot use your bike? In other words, are you going to be looking for a ride from Mom or to use her car. I very well could see that her concern is not with your riding a bike, but with your wanting to use her car when your bike is not an option. Except for a few superhuman people on this board (like MB1), almost everyone needs to use a car sometime to get to work. What do you plan to do when there are heavy rain storms or snow or below freezing temperatures? If you do not have a car, do you have other realistic transportation options such a public transportation?