I've previously compared the commute by bicycle and public transport, but I've been working in a new office for a couple of months now, which is at the edge of Reading, instead of being right in the centre of town. I thought I'd see how the different transport methods commute to this new location.
|Method||Door to door time||Cost||Benefits||Drawbacks|
|Public transport||1 hour 8 mins*||£7.60||Unreliable, slow, expensive|
|Bicycle||24 mins**||Free||Fitness/Health, reliable, fast||Unpleasant in harsh weather|
* See breakdown below
** 7.5 miles
The public transport option was horrible. Here's a breakdown of the journey.
Walk to the station: 0.9 miles, 13 minutes
Buy ticket and wait for train: 7 minutes
Train to Reading: 6.8 miles, 14 minutes
Walk to bus stop: 0.2 miles, 4 minutes
Wait for bus: 12 minutes
Bus ride: 3.0 miles, 14 minutes
Walk to office: 0.3 miles, 4 minutes
Adding that together we get;
|Waiting for public transport||19 min|
|On public transport||28 min|
Here are maps of the GPS traces;
|Route taken by public transport.|
|Route taken on bicycle.|
Clearly public transport is a terrible way to commute. It was already worse than cycling but the new office location adds a bus ride which makes it much worse.