Slate on Long Commutes


“Your Commute is Killing You”

6 Responses to “Slate on Long Commutes”

  • Micheal Blue says:

    It’s a good article. It could also mention getting high on exhaust fumes. The big question is: what is the solution? It seems to be a Catch 22 situtation. When there are too many people in one area, what do you do?

  • geoff says:

    I feel like the entire article made the incorrect assumption that “commuting” = “car commuting”.

    I have an hour plus bike commute each way, and i absolutely love it. My wife commutes by walking and taking the train and walking some more and that takes about 45-50 minutes. No complaining there either.

    But i get the gist of what they claim…

  • Alan says:


    I agree. The assumption seems to be “commuting by car”. Bike commuting turns all of it upside down into a positive!


  • Andy says:

    “[CAR] Commuting is a migraine-inducing life-suck—a mundane task about as pleasurable as assembling flat-pack furniture or getting your license renewed, and you have to do it every day.”

    Not sure why Tom leaves out bike commuting, usually he’s good about mentioning that

  • Michael says:

    There’s no good inexpensive solution to this that I can think of for long commutes. Bikes aren’t a complete answer for that.

    Can’t just plop down some rail–at least in the US. Don’t have enough population concentration per station and track investment to really make it worthwhile in many areas. Too much urban/suburban sprawl, and it’s not cost effective to re-zone and reorganize the whole landscape unless something drastic happens. $10 gas would do it though.

    Until single family home ownership stops being part of the (North) American dream, I don’t think it’s going to change.

    On the other hand, they really could get started with more bike lockers.

  • John Ferguson says:

    My commute is saving me. Take that, Slate..

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