Taming The Commute Beast<br />Mike Wallenfels, CEO of Timbuk2 <br />
My Commute(s)<br />Larkspur To SFO<br />Novato to SFO<br />
Why?<br />Or….Why Not?<br />
The Numbers<br />People who commute by single-occupancy motor vehicle: 91,064,400 (77.7%)<br />People whose commute is 1-5...
The Numbers<br />New bicycle commuters can expect to lose 13 pounds their first year of bicycle commuting. [Bicycling Maga...
Fitness<br />Make it part of your routine!<br />
2 Fitness “Perspectives”<br />My Old View<br />My New View<br />
Fitness Facts<br />Larkspur to SFO<br />Distance: 37.62<br />Time: 2hr 44 min<br />Speed: 14 mi/hr<br />Calories: 2142<br ...
Use training device to track progress…one ride at a time</li></li></ul><li>Training Apps<br />
Save The Planet<br />Any Car Off The Road Is A Good Thing! <br />
Save The PlanetOne ride at a time…<br />Over a year….<br />110 Gallons of gas<br />2124 lbs of CO2<br />Carbon sequestered...
Money<br />Facts that help the cause!<br />
Car Commute<br />Bike Commute<br />Drive - 72 miles round trip<br />Gas/day: $13.92 (National Avg. 18 mpg at $3.48/gallon)...
Getting Started<br />Getting Started<br />
Planning Your Ride <br />How many miles and when<br />Allow for time and set goals<br />Commute to work, from work, or bot...
Using Public Transportation<br />
Choose Your Route<br />City and Bike Lanes<br />Streets and Bike Paths<br />
Who Commutes?<br /><ul><li>Broad range of ages
65% are over 36</li></li></ul><li>How Do They Commute?<br /><ul><li>Types of bike used
Duration of commute
Frequency and traffic</li></li></ul><li>What Stops Us?<br /><ul><li>Safety
Perception and reality?
Weather
Infrastructure
Darkness</li></li></ul><li>Traffic Safety<br /><ul><li>Keep alert at intersections
Cars don’t see you
Lights help! </li></li></ul><li>Intersection Safety and Night<br /><ul><li>More lights the better
Brighter the better
Be AWARE</li></li></ul><li>Gear You Need<br />It’s fun to buy stuff<br />
What To Bring<br /><ul><li>Keep it simple
Bike Necessities
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Taming the Bike Commute Beast (Part Deux)

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Bike commuting around the city requires brains, brawn and a will to survive. It also happens to rock.

Timbuk2 CEO Mike Wallenfels commutes 38-miles from Novato to the Mission in San Francisco on his bicycle. Mike has learned a thing or two about bike commuting. His presentation, Taming the Bike Commute Beast, is a how-to guide for bike commuters. Check out his tips on equipment, accessories, finding routes, and avoiding being hit by a bus.

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    1. 1. Taming The Commute Beast<br />Mike Wallenfels, CEO of Timbuk2 <br />
    2. 2.
    3. 3. My Commute(s)<br />Larkspur To SFO<br />Novato to SFO<br />
    4. 4. Why?<br />Or….Why Not?<br />
    5. 5.
    6. 6. The Numbers<br />People who commute by single-occupancy motor vehicle: 91,064,400 (77.7%)<br />People whose commute is 1-5 miles each way: 33,988,000 (29%)<br />People whose commute is 10 miles or less each way: 59,772,000 (51%)<br />America's cars and trucks consume 10% of world's oil supply [League of American Bicyclists ]<br />
    7. 7. The Numbers<br />New bicycle commuters can expect to lose 13 pounds their first year of bicycle commuting. [Bicycling Magazine]<br />Who’s Commuting Around The World? <br />Japan 15% of commuters bicycle to work<br />Netherlands 50% of commuters bicycle<br />China 77% commute by bike<br />Only 1.6% of U.S. commuters bicycle to work…<br />48% increase nationally in bicycle commuting since 2000! <br />
    8. 8. Fitness<br />Make it part of your routine!<br />
    9. 9. 2 Fitness “Perspectives”<br />My Old View<br />My New View<br />
    10. 10. Fitness Facts<br />Larkspur to SFO<br />Distance: 37.62<br />Time: 2hr 44 min<br />Speed: 14 mi/hr<br />Calories: 2142<br />Distance: 20.23 mi <br />Time: 1hr 37min<br />Speed: 12.94 mi/hr<br />Calories: 1272 <br />Novato to SFO<br /><ul><li>Make your commute part of your fitness routine
    11. 11. Use training device to track progress…one ride at a time</li></li></ul><li>Training Apps<br />
    12. 12.
    13. 13. Save The Planet<br />Any Car Off The Road Is A Good Thing! <br />
    14. 14. Save The PlanetOne ride at a time…<br />Over a year….<br />110 Gallons of gas<br />2124 lbs of CO2<br />Carbon sequestered by 23.5 tree seedlings grown for 10 years<br />Undetermined reduced anxiety!<br />
    15. 15. Money<br />Facts that help the cause!<br />
    16. 16. Car Commute<br />Bike Commute<br />Drive - 72 miles round trip<br />Gas/day: $13.92 (National Avg. 18 mpg at $3.48/gallon)<br />Bridge: $6 (Fastrack)<br />Total: <br />$18.92 / day<br />$94.60 / week<br />$4,540 / year (48 wks)<br />Bike – Bus combo<br />Bus return home: $5.35<br />Total: $5.35 / day<br />Savings = $13.57 / day<br />Drive – Bike – Ferry combo<br />28 miles round trip<br />Gas/day: $5.41<br />Ferry: $7.85<br />Total: $13.26 / day<br />Saving = $5.66 / day<br />100 days/year = $560 to $1,300<br />
    17. 17. Getting Started<br />Getting Started<br />
    18. 18. Planning Your Ride <br />How many miles and when<br />Allow for time and set goals<br />Commute to work, from work, or both<br />Choose your route<br />Ask questions and plan<br />Use Resources: SFBC, Bike groups, Google, and friends <br />Whatcha do when you get there? <br />Change Clothes – Carry or keep at work<br />Washing or just don’t sweat! <br />Combine with Public Transportation<br />Look for public transportation options<br />
    19. 19. Using Public Transportation<br />
    20. 20. Choose Your Route<br />City and Bike Lanes<br />Streets and Bike Paths<br />
    21. 21.
    22. 22.
    23. 23.
    24. 24.
    25. 25. Who Commutes?<br /><ul><li>Broad range of ages
    26. 26. 65% are over 36</li></li></ul><li>How Do They Commute?<br /><ul><li>Types of bike used
    27. 27. Duration of commute
    28. 28. Frequency and traffic</li></li></ul><li>What Stops Us?<br /><ul><li>Safety
    29. 29. Perception and reality?
    30. 30. Weather
    31. 31. Infrastructure
    32. 32. Darkness</li></li></ul><li>Traffic Safety<br /><ul><li>Keep alert at intersections
    33. 33. Cars don’t see you
    34. 34. Lights help! </li></li></ul><li>Intersection Safety and Night<br /><ul><li>More lights the better
    35. 35. Brighter the better
    36. 36. Be AWARE</li></li></ul><li>Gear You Need<br />It’s fun to buy stuff<br />
    37. 37. What To Bring<br /><ul><li>Keep it simple
    38. 38. Bike Necessities
    39. 39. Lights: front and back
    40. 40. Pump, tube, and tools
    41. 41. Clothes
    42. 42. Cold, Rain, Hot
    43. 43. Work Necessities
    44. 44. Keep to a minimum or keep at work
    45. 45. Washing / Hygiene
    46. 46. Work stuff…only what you have to bring home</li></li></ul><li>Tips and Tricks<br />What I Learned<br />
    47. 47. Keeping Motivated<br />Plan: Schedule your week ahead AND create a rhythm. <br />Start Small: Once a month > once a week > twice a week > every day<br />Find a Partner: Coworker or friend. <br />Prepare: Night before check your bike, pack clothes, and commit! <br />Check Weather: Fair or foul? Dress appropriately. <br />
    48. 48. Weather Apps<br />
    49. 49. The Bike <br />Fits your style of riding: <br />Road, flat bar, cruiser, multi speed, single speed, or anything comfortable. <br />Sturdy and less “theft worthy”<br />Tires matter…a flat ruins your commute!<br />Easy to shift or don’t shift at all. <br />Brings out your personality. <br />Easy to maintain or get it maintained! <br />Learn how to fix tires and keep it running.<br />
    50. 50. The Bag<br />On Body Pack or Messenger<br />On Bike Pannier<br />
    51. 51. Resources<br />San Francisco Bicycle Coalition <br />Marin County Bicycle Coalition<br />Bay Area Bicycle Coalition<br />Bike To Work Day May 12th<br />
    52. 52. Thank You SFBC! <br />Questions?? <br />
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