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I want to ride my...Hybrid commuting the way

EUAN DYKES
Last updated 11:30 06/12/2012
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THE RIGHT TRACK: Nothing beats the efficiency of a fully-loaded train per person.

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I've commuted to work with all modes of transport - bus, bike and car - and I can say honestly no single one is better than the others.

If one looks at the options purely from a cost point-of-view, then bicycle beats all except walking.

But if time is critical then a motorcycle beats all others, except if you include the time needed to change out of motorcycle clothes upon arrival.

Bicycles aren't as cheap to run as first thought. A drive-train on a bicycle might only last two to four years, depending on many factors and can cost up to $400 to replace. Then add on the costs of maintaining a commuting bicycle with regular services at $80 a pop, then costs of cycle commuting can start to make public transport look more appealing.

If commuting is looked at from an engineering perceptive, then nothing beats the efficiency of a fully-loaded train per person; the worst then being a single person in a car.

Cycling or walking to work can save costs in gym fees, but then you might consume more food to maintain energy levels, pushing the cost up.

Working from home isn't always ideal either - there's nothing like the ritual of a morning commute to get into the working frame of mind.

Rising fuel prices will no doubt change the playing field and I feel a more hybrid approach to commuting will be needed. Being allowed to take a bicycle on the train is a huge step forward in hybrid commuting.


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