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Starting a commuter convoy

by Noah

KC Commuters

During the 2007 Bike To Work Week, I ran across two other bike commuters en-route that I wouldn’t have necessarily become friends with otherwise. After Bike To Work Week was over, I did a few more full commutes with them. In June, I moved 9 miles closer to work, giving me about 30 miles round trip and several months of daily full-route bike commutes.  The person who lives closest to me rode with me almost daily, but there were quite a few days that we had 3 or 4 commuters together on the road, and it was pretty cool.

If you haven’t ever ridden in a small workbound peloton, it’s a surreal experience. Pedaling along, talking, occasional bursts of speed, and moral/mechanical support are just a few of the benefits. Even if it’s just a riding buddy to share the trip with, it’s worth it and makes the trip go by faster.

With the cold weather, we eventually parted ways this fall and decided to do our own thing. One of them is semi-retired and didn’t work most of the winter anyways. The other has nearly 50 miles round trip and uses the bus when he can, or car-pools with his roommates.  For 2008, I’m hoping as the temperatures climb, I can continue last year’s convoy and maybe get a few more riders interested.

Does anyone here regularly ride in some kind of bike commuter convoy? A “Bike Train” or similar concept.  Tell us about your convoy, and share any suggestions on drumming up interest.

 
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4 Responses to “Starting a commuter convoy”

  1. yangmusa says:

    I used to commute 40 miles one-way with a bunch of friends and co-workers from San Francisco to Mountain View. I don’t work in Silicon Valley anymore, but I really miss that ride and the company!

    The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition has a “Bike Buddy” program, but since that’s primarily urban within the city it isn’t really the same thing as a bike train or commuter convoy

  2. DamianM says:

    There are a few groups in Sydney that do this under the heading of a “Bike Bus”
    http://www.bikebus.org.au/

  3. doug says:

    you guys are crazy. 40 mile commutes? i thought doing ten a day was hard-core. also, my work hours are to unpredictable for this sort of thing. usually my to work commute times are 9:00 am to as late as 4:00 pm. going home it’s between 4:30 and 10:00. tonight i rode home at 11:30. retail sucks. only about 25 people showed up to bike to work day last year anyways. hick northern california for you.

  4. Fritz says:

    During the warm weather months me and friend try to ride from San Jose to Palo Alto (26 miles at least once a week. Most other times I’ll ride in to work from the train station and vice versa in an ad hoc convoy, but that’s because many of us start around the same time and so we catch the same train. Bike convoys/buses/convoys add some fun and camaraderie to the commute.

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