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Monthly rides - my new record in July 2019!

Saturday, August 03, 2019


In July, I have increased further a bit the number of monthly rides, now 117 rides in one month. The previous was 113 in June.

I think there was only two exceptions when I didn't commute by bike (it was walking), all the other times, I went by bicycle.

On average, 3.77 rides per day, which is minimum 2, maximum 6 commuting rides a day.

I also clocked in 288 km (179 miles) with these rides, which is 2.46 km (1.5 mile) on average per ride. This is consistent with the statistics that I see that the majority of city trips are below 5 km and are feasible by bicycle easily.

Each month I compete with myself to beat my record, and it is becoming increasingly difficult. If I travel for a few days, sick, it is almost impossible to beat it. Also, I can see that the extra day in months of 31 days counts - a possibility to add another 4-6 rides to end.



I wish more people would go by bike for these short trips.

I know too many colleagues and friends who go by car for the same distance.

In the house where I live, everybody goes by car except us so only 1 from the 30 households. I know a few other people who goes occasionally by bike, or also by public transport.

It seems like a stupid circle. Because many people go by car, the city is congested from the cars, and public transport cannot be very good.

There is no place for cycling lanes as parking cars take up all the space left.

And as public transport is not very fast, and there are only a few cycling lanes, people rather go by car.

The irony is that in Brussels only a minority of people go by car. But this is still too much and they create congestion, pollution, noise, and occupy the space for everybody.



On Wednesday, I had a meeting with someone who came over from Mechelen, which is only 20 km away.

Mechelen has excellent train connection to my workplace, it is on a major train line, and it takes 15 minutes.

He came by car: participate in the congestion of the city centre, circling and taking up a space to park the car.

I asked why and his reasoning was that afterwards he went to Leuven.

Leuven is a medium size city here and it is 25 km away, and has equally a great train connection, every 15-20 minutes there is a direct train, which takes 20 minutes.

The train station from our place was only 5 min walking, or there is a Metro nearby. And I suggested him to come by train.

I was thinking, why did he decide to come by car?



Thursday lunchtime we discussed with a few colleagues about mobility in the city.

One of my friends said that he believed that we cannot expect individuals to make a more environment friendly choice.

Most people will always optimise for their own personal benefit.

And going by car is way too cheap, compared to real environmental and societal costs.

As long as it is cheaper than all other options, people will go by car, instead of any other option.

Like this person, who commuted Mechelen - Brussels - Leuven - such a close distance, on such a well connected and served route by train - by car.
- gas was very cheap
- parking in the city centre was very cheap
- entering the city centre by car was free
- road taxes were cheap (only a little cost through the taxes)



On the top picture is the bike of a friend of mine.

She said there were some Japanese tourists passing by, and they posed to make a nice photo.

I just discovered how nice this composition is, so I took a few pictures myself to experiment.

I think this was the best composition.


When there are alternatives, when do you choose to go by train or by car?

What is the cost difference that shifts your choice?
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    emoticon awesome rides. good for you and the environment too. emoticon
    686 days ago
    Our public transit systems are not well designed in terms of time. And, because so many are living such jam packed lives with little time to spare, using the car tends to involve far less time investment. So, folks choose the car. Sometimes, the public transit system is not available due to restrictive hours as well. And, in many cases, the public transit system costs more. Our streets are not safely navigable by bike either and many work some 30 to 60+ miles away from where they live. Not a good situation. Like I often say to my husband, "Too many rats in the maze."

    I am so glad that you're taking steps to use your bicycle and that you live in a community that makes it doable. It seems like you're in a fairly bike friendly environment.

    There are some communities in the state in which I live that are big biking communities. The city of Davis, California comes to mind.

    686 days ago
    Congratulations on your new record. When I lived in a suburban area near Houston, TX USA, I chose to walk whenever possible versus using my car. As a a runner, walking gave me an opportunity to cross train. Currently, I live in a mountainous rural community and my automobile is my only option.
    687 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/3/2019 6:15:55 PM
    117 rides in a month? That's awesome!!
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    Thanks for sharing
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