My bike was in the shop on Tuesday and I was not able to pick it up in time before the bike shop closed, as I was out of town on a business trip and did not get back until very late. Today, I had to be into work quite early, and therefore needed to take our car (bike shop does not open until 0930). This has probably only been the third time this year that I have had to drive the car, and it just confirms how much I hate commuting by car.
First the normal roads were partially shut down for construction; secondly it was a bit rainy. These two things conspired to slow traffic down substantially. The commute turned out to be twice as long as with my bike. Twice as along and no enjoyment. Probably the only conciliation is the fact that I could listen to a couple of great podcasts (and I can do this on my bike- just remember only one ear bud in).
My bike commute is consistently always 20 minutes +/- 2 minutes. I have been using the Moves app on my Iphone since September, and it always shows my commute as 19 to 20 minutes, regardless of the weather. Why is it always so consistent? There are a number of good reasons. First, as bikers we are not held to traffic jams and can weave through traffic like water moves around boulders. Secondly, as a good biker, I follow the traffic laws. However, as bikers we can generally move past the stopped cars, and therefore only have to wait one time at a light. Lastly, closed roads do not stop bikers. If there is a closed road I can turn myself around and find very quickly an alternative route. In a car, if you are not careful you can get trapped and must wait it out until you can get unstuck.
I made it a point to get home in time tonight to pick up my bike, so tomorrow I can get back on the saddle. The bike is in much better condition and is nearly good as new. I cannot wait to ride again, weather be damned.