amediasatex wrote:Sorry train people but the car wins every time
No, it wins for that journey in that situation. Which is fine and dandy*, sounds like a great use for a car for that trip to me. What about the other thousands (millions?) of journeys that people take by car each day that would be better undertaken another way but aren’t because people have fallen into ‘default car use’?
I live 6.9miles from work.I do 12 hour shifts 6am-6pm or 6pm-6am.There are no trains.There are no direct buses.I have to get two buses and the travel time is approx 1:20 mins each way due to the stupid bus routing system.The earliest a bus can get me to work on days is 6:45.The journey by car takes approximately 10-15mins.
I could ride to work,and do occasionally but my employer,whilst not banning cycling to work,doesn't promote it either due to the fact that we have shunters,rail wagons and outside wagons criss-crossing the yard dumping all their crap on the road so to avoid any accidents/claims they ask we don't ride on the yard.It's a mile from the gate to my Dept so I have to walk
Then there's the fact that after a 12hour night shift I just want to get home so a car it is
In 2003,three of us decided to ride the Great Glen Way and West Highland Way in reverse.Cost of Train tickets Sheffield-Inverness the Fort William-Sheffield?£150 each!!??Had no problems on the Virgin ECML train getting bikes on but trying to get on the Edinburgh-Inverness chugger,despite having booked bikes months in advance,with a jobsworth guard who insisted 2 bikes only when there was us and roughly a dozen others trying to board with bikes was another matter.Anyway the ride had to be abandoned on day three as my mate broke his wrist so we returned in 2004.We drove in two cars to Glasgow,parked one at the Airport(£25) then carried on to Inverness.We did the ride,had a night in Glasgow(as planned)drove back to inverness,picked up car 2 and returned home.Total cost was less than £200 in fuel and parking.
Car every time for me.
Trains are just too expensive,inconsistent and unreliable
I do,now I ride more road than MTB,ride directly from my door as I can be out in the Peak District in about 20-30 mins but if i want to ride in the Dales/Lakes I chuck the bike in the car and drive there,ride then drive home