Commuting on two wheels

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Over the last couple of weeks I’ve been cycling into work a couple of times a week. There are many reasons for cycling – fitness, the waistline and generally ‘just doing something different’.

I have never understood how other commuters can do the same journey, every single day, the same way. I’ve been lucky for the last few years because I generally go into work by motorbike. Motorcycling is a great way to commute – you spend time riding thinking about the riding, which clears your mind for an hour or so.

On average I typically spend one night a week out with colleagues or clients, and on those days I go into work by Tube. I’ve been doing this for a couple of years now, and it helps ‘break the week up’ – i.e. doesn’t let the commute becomne monotonous.

I’ll be riding the London to Brighton again this year, so I’ve been cycling with a few friends [very, very] early on Sunday mornings since the start of the year, and decided to try cycling into work a couple of weeks ago. I really enjoyed it, to the point that I now cycle in twice a week, motorcycle twice, and Tube once.

The timings and costs are interesting:

  • The Tube – around 1 hour and 15 minutes door to door. Around £8 return.
  • Motorcycle – around 45 minutes door to door. £4 (just petrol).
  • Cycling – 1 hour door to door. Hard to quantify the cost.

I’ve been trying to work out why so many people in the creative and IT sector prefer two wheels – whether motorbike or bicycle – over the Tube. Maybe it’s the emptying-thoughts-whilst-commuting that I discussed above. Maybe it’s just a retro statement. Let me know if you have any thoughts.

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  1. When I worked at ITV in 2006 the tube commute (door to door) would be 45 minutes, while the mountain bike ride was ( when I was semi-fit ) around 35 minutes. The pros just outstripped the cons. Got to see London while commuting, got some great exercise, was in control of where I was going and how, and felt great when I got to the office and had a shower. When I started at IMG my bike had been nicked out of the basement garage a few weeks earlier, and I just never got back into it.. being that most IT / creative designers sit behind their desks most days, and most of the time, it might also appeal to being able to get outside..

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