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Feb. 15th, 2008

11:57 am - The bike is your mollusc

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Date:February 15th, 2008 04:12 pm (UTC)
That's a good point. In the short term, if I just replace the bus journeys with cycling then I'll still need the travelcard for the train journeys, and it won't save me any money (although it may work out cheaper than gym membership). In the longer term, I could try to extend the amount of cycling I do, e.g. doing a 10 mile cycle to Clapham Junction and catching the train from there instead of East Croydon (so I'd need fewer zones on my travelcard).

Out of interest, how long would it take you to cycle 19 miles (on average London terrain)?
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Date:February 15th, 2008 04:30 pm (UTC)
Ask at the station how much a rail season ticket (as opposed to a TFL travel card) will cost. I used to save money by getting a monthly ticket from East Croydon to KW rather than a 5 and 6 travel card. Once I started using the trams regularly, I needed the travel card though.

My journey to college is a little over 6 miles, as I mentioned here. If the roads are clear, and I'm going fast, I can do that in 20 mins. The thing is though, the roads usually aren't clear, and I don't want to participate in a cycle race every day of the week. It takes more like 40 a lot of the time. The other day, I got from my desk to the sofa in 45 minutes of fairly relaxed cycling - so that includes bike unlocking and so on.

This is still faster than the tube, which takes 50 if it's working, and arbitrary lengths of time if it's not.

I wouldn't recommend you go from 0 cycling to 19 miles every day in one step. You might find that you want to do that in time, but certainly don't budget for it.
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