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  Reply # 709040 30-Oct-2012 11:23 Send private message

I don't consider motorbikes options for two reasons:
- Higher risk of injury or death on a motorcycle - I had one friend killed on a motorbike (open road), another had a serious accident that took years to recover from (city)
- The weather in Wellington isn't that great, you need a lot of wet weather gear that doesn't work so well with suits.

If there were no cars or bad drivers on the road, maybe, but there's so many shocking drivers no way would I risk a motorbike in Wellington. A scooter wouldn't get my to town, even though it's only a 10 minute drive on the motorway.

I drive in, early to avoid traffic. I could take public transport but that takes 90-120 minutes per day, driving takes me 20 minutes. I value my time highly, and I can afford both petrol and parking. Even if the price of petrol doubled I'd still drive.




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  Reply # 709060 30-Oct-2012 11:46 Send private message

I catch a bus to a ferry, ferry for 40 minutes then private car to work. From desk at work to couch at home (or vice versa) is about 1hr40minutes.

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  Reply # 709068 30-Oct-2012 11:58 Send private message

freitasm: Answering the question in the subject (not the one in the message)... I walk from the bedroom to the kitchen, have breakfast with family then walk 30 seconds to the office ;)




yes I'm about the same, but I have a massive 20m walk out to the office.




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  Reply # 709079 30-Oct-2012 12:13 Send private message

I most days ride a motorcycle 12 km to the ferry for a 35 minute ride to the city and then a 15 minute walk to the office. Fuel costs are low $70 a month but the ferry costs $355 for a monthly pass.




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  Reply # 709138 30-Oct-2012 13:25 Send private message

I'm in Wellington and I cycle commute from Tawa into the CBD most days. It's actually fairly safe except for a few spots where you have to be ready for bleary-eyed motorists.

It takes me the same time as the train when you factor in walking to and from the station at each end. Even faster if there's a breakdown on the line.

FWIW, I religiously obey all the road rules and that includes the bicycle road code. I sometimes get cars coming close behind because I'm taking the lane, but they can wait. I'm not putting myself in a gutter or car door, for their benefit.

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  Reply # 709142 30-Oct-2012 13:29 Send private message

tonyhughes: Its clear that for many, the topic is not so much about how you get to work, but the comfort and activities whilst doing so (e.g. being comfortable, and having good sounds).

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Because I have to have my wits about me the whole way on my bicycle, I can't think about anything else.  It's a great way to have two hours a day thinking of nothing but the ride.

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  Reply # 709145 30-Oct-2012 13:31 Send private message

oxnsox: 
Biggest issue I see in NZ is poor rider, and driver, training. Most people on 2 wheels are more aware and connected to the whole traffic environment than those inside vehicles, although that doesn't stop some of them taking exceedingly stupid risks.


This.  

Some people will be dicks regardless of their mode of transport.

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  Reply # 709151 30-Oct-2012 13:39 Send private message

I drive from North Shore to Newmarket (approx 50km return). Petrol is about $50 a week, parking is $10 a day (reimbursed by work). However, I also tkae my wife to work in the city and another friend too. Even with a monthly bus pass, can't justify not driving with a carpool.

Now, if only the T2 lanes at the North Shore onramps had dedicated lanes leading to them (e.g. Constellation!). I hate waiting with all the single occupants until I get to the T2!

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  Reply # 709180 30-Oct-2012 14:35 Send private message

sarg: I most days ride a motorcycle 12 km to the ferry for a 35 minute ride to the city and then a 15 minute walk to the office. Fuel costs are low $70 a month but the ferry costs $355 for a monthly pass.


Tell me about it. OUch on the $355, at least they have reduced the price for the next 3 months...

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  Reply # 709187 30-Oct-2012 14:55 Send private message

I used to first take bus with monthly pass then later realized train saves both money and time so used train monthly pass.

Now I am driving since 1st of September this year to save both time and money. I drive 13.4 km everyday, round trip. I get free parking at work if I am early. And I usually work early.

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  Reply # 709194 30-Oct-2012 15:13 Send private message

I drive 8 mins each way twice a day (home for lunch) 9 if traffic is bad :P

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  Reply # 709296 30-Oct-2012 17:21 Send private message

Not sure if this is relevant or not, but I can only think of one person I knew vaguely that was killed in a car accident.  I can think of two others that died in car related incidents, but not in the general course of driving normally.  I had a motorbike from 15-22, and knew/know others with bikes, and can't remember any that died riding them.  What's possibly interesting is that I can think of 5 people I know of that died in 4 separate aeroplane crashes - all relatively small planes (private and commuter).  Only one of these 5 was the pilot.  I have no links to the aviation industry, so it's not like I just happen to know a lot of people that fly.

So, if I can make a suggestion, travelling in a light plane is possibly one of the most dangerous ways of travelling.  Think I'll stick to my bike!




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  Reply # 709315 30-Oct-2012 17:50 Send private message

I drive to work in the car. About 10km mainly 100km/h zone.

Free parking onsite :)

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  Reply # 709530 30-Oct-2012 22:40 Send private message

freitasm: Answering the question in the subject (not the one in the message)... I walk from the bedroom to the kitchen, have breakfast with family tzhen walk 30 seconds to the office ;)




No wonder you look pale and gaining weight ;-)





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  Reply # 709536 30-Oct-2012 22:50 Send private message

Car

Pretty sure I get sick less too now that I don't catch the bus ;)

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