Biking Advantage: Stop and Go Traffic


Looking at this picture here this is a typical day getting off work.  The road by my work is a clogged artery which backs up for about a mile, while the bike lane appears to be vacant.  When I used to drive there was a 10 minute wait to get out of the parking lot and to the light at the end, all the while bicycles would zoom by.

Now from the vantage point of my bicycle I am happily speeding along at 18MPH and getting up to the next light in typically 4 minutes.  Those are the days that make me feel a little smug about riding.  Previously I had timed how long it took me to drive home from work during the winter holidy season where everybody is taking the last of their vacation time.  8 minutes was achieved once, the rest of the time was generally 10-12 minutes.  Much better than what I had before at 30 minutes to 2 hours.

On January 1st I decided to ride all winter long and if I could do that then I knew I could do it all year.  There have only been two days which I have driven to work, and they both occured within the first two months of riding.  It's been 7 full months at the time of this writing and they all feel great.  The best feeling is getting off from work on time and flying past all those clown cars with their ton of steel and air conditioning.  I have the wind in my face, the sun on my back, and I'll be home in 11-15 minutes depending on the lights.  As it turns out it doesn't take all that much more time than driving.

In case you still needed another reason to ride your bike over driving a clown car around, bikes rule in stop and go traffic.  This is yet another reason why Mr. Money Mustache recommends bikes over cars whenever possible, and it just makes you more badass.

Now I got to go pump up my tires and ride.

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