Journey Times by Bike

One of the major advantages of commuting by bicycle is that the journey time stays pretty-much the same all year round – varying only by a minute or two. My car-driving colleagues, in contract, long for the school holidays when the roads quieten down and they can cut their travel time by as much as 50%!

I think most of the Irish schools have now finished for the Easter holidays, and so the car drivers are probably rejoicing. For the next couple of weeks there’ll be noticeably less congestion, and easier and less stressful journeys. This is, unless it snows. I saw on the news this morning that one place in Scotland had record temperatures of 23 degrees last week, and it’s now covered in 8 inches of snow – and that weather could possibly end up in Ireland too.

Whenever there’s even a hint of snow in Dublin, the traffic goes into instant gridlock. People can sit for hours, crawling along at a snail’s pace. In many cases, they’d be better off walking. But on a bike, although you have to be a bit more careful than normal, there’s nothing stopping you riding in the snow. It may add a few minutes to your journey, but nothing like the hours and hours car drivers will lose – and while they’re still queuing to get out of the office car park, you can be home in front of the fire with a nice cup of tea!

Cycle to Work – 30DaysofBiking Day 2

Safely locked up in the bike shed at work. #30daysofbiking

It’s day 2 of the 30 Days of Biking, and I rode into work today. I live only about 1km from my office, and so most days I’ll walk to work. It’s sometimes easier to walk than ride, when you take into account all the faff of unlocking and locking at each end. However the ride is always much more fun – and having the bike at work allows me to go for a longer ride on the way home!

I’m quite lucky that my employer is quite bike-friendly. They provide a secure bike shed for cyclists, and for those who like to exert themselves on the way in, there are also showers and lockers. And they also participate in the Irish government’s Bike to Work scheme, whereby you can buy a bicycle tax-free, saving up to half the price of the bike.

30 Days of Biking

I thought I would give 30 Days of Biking a go – a pledge to ride a bike every day for the 30 days of April, and share the adventures online.  This fulfils two goals I’ve had for a while now – to cycle more, because it’s so much fun – and to update this blog a little more frequently.  And so, although I may not update here every day – some updates will be on Facebook or Twitter – I’ll try to include some of my experiences on this blog.

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