There are many different ways to commute to and from work. Each of which have both positives and negatives associated with them. Some more than others of course, but that’s what we’re here to discuss.
I have been condemned to two forms of commuting since fracturing my pelvis; Public Transport and Taxis. However, this is not because I can’t physically drive. VIC Roads won’t let me drive because they’re scared I might have a seizure and kill myself and/or others. They’re probably more concerned about others, seeing as I clearly can’t be killed. I guess that’s fair enough, frustrating for me, but fair. I had brain surgery and that’s the rule.
The main forms of transport for commuting are: driving your own car, getting a lift from a mate/colleague/family member, public transport, walking, cycling, taxis or being chauffeured and for the super rich—not that being chauffeured isn’t for them—private jets and helicopters. We’ll ignore those, because even the super rich probably don’t use them often.
Driving your own car. Quite a popular one for some countries. Like Australia, the UK and the US. All in the top 30 most obese countries in the world. All in the top 5 most obese western non-developing countries. Surprised? I’m not. Anyway, driving a metal death machine does have a couple positives. You stay dry and you can carry lots of stuff fairly easily. The negatives though, well, they make you fat, they’re not cycling friendly (unless they’re carrying a bike), they cause pollution, they cost loads of money to run, they sit in traffic jams, they cause traffic jams and they are hard to store indoors.
Getting a lift. This is basically the same as above, except you either pay less money or split the cost of petrol. The other disadvantage is that you’re at the whim of the driver. If they’re late, you’re late.
Public Transport (PT). This is probably the most costly of all transport, and I’m not talking about money. The cost is risking your health and losing personal space. People cough in your face, sneeze on your back, put their snotty germ filled hands on structural components, etcetera. The positive is that, on occasion, when you’re lucky (or are using you crutches still, which you don’t need) you get a seat. Getting a seat means nobody’s armpit is wafting in your face. When you get a seat, there is the only advantage PT has, you can read a book whilst you travel. The negatives are obviously cost, time, health, annoyance and lack personal space. Luckily for me I don’t get sick. I save all my personal leave (AKA sick leave) for crashing and being off work for three weeks.
Walking. I like walking, so this would be a great mode of transport for me, except the fact I live 16km from work. You have to live pretty close to work to use it. Maybe within 5km or something. It’s advantages are that it’s free, pretty healthy, and you save the planet. Of course, the disadvantage is that you need to live close to where you work, otherwise it’s one hell of a time consuming commute. And if it rains, it can be a bit annoying, but that’s what rain coats and umbrellas were invented for.
Cycling. There are no disadvantages. None that I can think of. Cycling is super healthy, really good for you, makes you fitter, makes you lose weight to climb up hills better, makes you look cool in your Lycra, gives you awesome legs—particularly calves, saves the planet and the entire universe for that matter, is totally and completely free, in fact you can earn money from winning the commuter cup, probably, is usually quicker than driving, you can fly past traffic jammed cars, is totally safe—if you’re not an idiot like me and cars don’t attack you, and you get fitter and lose weight. It’s healthy too. It offers free training miles that you can add into your Strava and TrainingPeaks. In fact, the further away you live, the better kays you get in. And you also arrive at work on time, because there is basically nothing holding you up. Everything is in your control. The only thing that can stop you is getting a puncture, and that only takes 5 minutes to fix if you’re not a complete idiot with fingers that resemble bananas. And you arrive at work feeling happy because of the endorphins. Countries that have adopted cycling fully are not as obese, look at the Netherlands, where more than a quarter of all journeys are completed on a bicycle. And they're the only country in the world getting thinner...
So there you have it, a totally unbiased review of all the public transport methods available. I can’t wait to get back on the road and commute in the best way imaginable.