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This topic contains 37 replies, has 16 voices, and was last updated by  Stephen Crowley 11 years, 10 months ago.

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  • #4924

    kyotokid
    Keymaster

    Whats yours like? I’ve heard some horror stories. When I was in Dublin I had to go from Clondalkin to C.Centre to Eastpoint (loooooong).

    Then Karma kicked in Dundee – it was simply a 10 minute bus journey to get to work.

    Now its back to ‘teh suck’ Liverpool to Runcorn. It takes me about 1.5 hrs to get to work.

    Whats yours like?

  • #28670

    aphra
    Keymaster

    an hour to an hour and a half each way…But I do get from Dublin to Maynooth in the time!

    Aphra.

  • #28671

    omen
    Participant

    Used to be a 8 minute drive, but I’ve moved now so its a 25 minute drive.
    I can’t complain :)

  • #28673

    fitch
    Participant

    used to have an 8 minute walk .. that was amazing

    then bought a house and its and hour + 1/2 each way .. sometimes more if it’s bad ..

    not full time anymore tho .. so it doesn’t bother me ..

    only went in for a week in jan and it’ll be the same in feb

    gives me plenty of time for the work from home bliss

  • #28675

    Ronny
    Participant

    It takes me around 30 minutes to get into town each day by bus. I have no idea what happened. It used to take up to an hour!

    If I get into Queen’s, then my journey will be shortened by ten minutes. Woo! That’s right, my academic decisions are made on commuting time. :wink:

  • #28676

    lk_
    Participant

    I live 5 minutes down the road from work….

  • #28681

    kyotokid
    Keymaster

    I am seeing a few 1.5 hr commutes. It seriously affects quality of life.

    I’d love to work from home [aka ‘the holy grail’] for some of the week…sit on me arse at home or at work…I’d be more productive methinks.

  • #28683

    peter_b
    Participant

    20-25 minutes on the motorway. Although one the guys here commutes from Derby to Solihull. killer journey i reckon.

  • #28686

    gizmo
    Participant

    2mins from my bed to my lectures… :D

    *gets coat*

  • #28687

    kyotokid
    Keymaster

    Dont worry Giz, you’ll have this all to look forward to…

    :twisted:

  • #28688

    gizmo
    Participant

    So I’m told…

    Although right now my only things to look forward to (read: worry about) are two weeks of exams and three months of hardcore project work….

  • #28690

    aphra
    Keymaster

    I used to have a ten minute commute last year when I worked in the North and lived in Portrush. Now I have an hour and a half and live in dublin – mostly I commute by train and bike and I don’t have to come in every day either so actually quality of life is not too diminished..get some exercise, read on train, have breaky, live in dublin, keep my sanity…not a bad trade-off!!.

    Aphra.

  • #28696

    lk_
    Participant

    I actually quite enjoyed having to commute by bus, sure you meant extremely colourful/smelly people but it was a brief period in my day when I could switch off my brain and just relax…

  • #28698

    Nooptical
    Participant

    About 45mins to 1hr at rush hour. Thats on the Expresso from Leixlip to Baggot St. Not too bad. But if the I miss the expresso then it could take anywhere from 1hr to 1.5 hrs…….all because of Lucan and its traffic.

  • #28699

    Ronny
    Participant

    I actually quite enjoyed having to commute by bus, sure you meant extremely colourful/smelly people but it was a brief period in my day when I could switch off my brain and just relax…[/quote:0dcfdd2074]
    Indeed. I’m herded onto the bus first thing in the morning. So the journey gives me some time to wake up and listen to a bit of music. Then the ride home only takes half the time because there’s no traffic in the afternoons.

  • #28701

    kyotokid
    Keymaster

    students.

    *grumble, grumble*

  • #28709

    Pete
    Participant

    25 minutes down the high road and up the low road through Farmer Maggot’s field

  • #28710

    Nooptical
    Participant

    I hope you haven’t been stealing his crops again!!

  • #28713

    Idora
    Participant

    25 minutes down the high road and up the low road through Farmer Maggot’s field[/quote:12f8acedfd]LOL… another classic

  • #28720

    Steph
    Participant

    Rathfarnham – Dublin 6 (approx 6 miles)

    Used to take me 20 mins (take off @ 07:15 for 9:00 AM ‘start’) up to 1 hour (take off @ 8:00-ish) by car.

    Quality of life left wanting after a while, so I got an electric moped (EVT 4000e): 15 mins each way, whatever the wheather, whatever the traffic, whatever the departure time.

    Now a very strong advocate for 2-wheel commuting :)

  • #29340

    monument
    Participant
  • #29449

    Steph
    Participant
  • #29453

    Stephen Crowley
    Participant

    94% of ESB electricity comes from fossil fuels and a further 3% is imported. so electricity in ireland is far from green.

    as for commute, most of the time I don’t bother, made friends with people a year ahead of me and took their notes. so i stay at home most of the time.

    otherwise it’s a 40 min commute by bus or a 70 min walk. it does’nt affect my quality of life but it sure as hell affects my quality of education.

  • #29458

    lk_
    Participant

    Its seen as green as it does not give off emissions….but you have a point :?

  • #29461

    kyotokid
    Keymaster

    I dont care about scroungers, I am only interested in real people….ya know who have jobs…. :D :lol:

    *runs away*

  • #29463

    Steph
    Participant

    otherwise it’s a 40 min commute by bus [/quote:b880581f89]

    Oh? And what exactly does that bus run on, if it ain’t good old fashioned fossil fuels, mmh? :twisted:

    Since you seem to have so much free time on your hands, kindly compare (for my benefit and the personal edification of all who peruses these virtual corridors) emissions by (i) a Dublin bus for 40 minutes in urban traffic, with emissions (ii) by a power plant to generate enough power to recharge my 48V (4x12V) batteries.

  • #29468

    gizmo
    Participant

    Meh, we should all just commute on Segways…

  • #29473

    Cosmonaut
    Participant

    10 minute cycle to colege
    6 mins cycle to work

    noooooooooooo!

  • #29487

    Stephen Crowley
    Participant

    Since you seem to have so much free time on your hands, kindly compare (for my benefit and the personal edification of all who peruses these virtual corridors) emissions by (i) a Dublin bus for 40 minutes in urban traffic, with emissions (ii) by a power plant to generate enough power to recharge my 48V (4x12V) batteries.[/quote:8bdb2c30b8]

    well I’m not going to do the exact mathematical Joules approach but let’s just say that not all the energy which goes into making electricity is converted completely, some is lost, and therefore is not an efficient use of fossil fuels. it’s just like the bible, life contradicts itself in so many ways. but it’s the thought that counts. just keep in mind when you vote next since or electricity company (ESB) is wholly state owned. but yeah, you’re greener by comparison to a bus. I congradulate you.:D

    oh yeah and i stay at home most of the time to cut down on emissions. lol….if only it wasn’t because I’m lazy.

    on a related green topic
    Edna Kenny (FG), when approached by a fellow green student on the subject of biofuel, stated that he’d introduce biofuel into public transport.

    the logic behind biofuel is that it produces less carbon emmissions because the rapeseed oil plant on which it is based would in its lifetime carbon neutralise a portion of the emmions it produces in combustion.

    (must stop the green party madness! I’m not here to canvas but it was slightly on topic second and last time I promise. unless it’s on topic.)

  • #29508

    Nifty
    Participant

    Was going to stay clear of this…but isn’t the point of a bus that the emmissions are spread out over the amount of people using it? So which is greener, a single double decker bus or 117 electric mopeds?

  • #29509

    lk_
    Participant

    We could get picky and start asking how many people are on the bus…but thats just taking it too far :wink:

  • #29510

    Steph
    Participant

    Of course, it would be much greener if ESB was using nuke and only emitting water vapor… but I understand nuketricity is a sensitive issue in Ireland, for whatever unfathomable reason – and I can’t vote in Ireland (only for an MEP, for all the good they do :twisted: )

    :wink:

  • #29518

    Stephen Crowley
    Participant

    greener if ESB was using nuke[/quote:a328a247e5]

    sorry that makes no sense IMO. in one of the 7 things the green party has said it is against, it is nuclear power.

    why? all that waste, most governments used it originally as a ploy to develop nuclear warheads. but what about the nuclear waste? yeah that is a sticky issue.

  • #29519

    Steph
    Participant
  • #29524

    monument
    Participant
  • #29526

    Steph
    Participant
  • #29531

    lk_
    Participant

    I thought they were trying to clean space up….throwing toxic waste up into something we eventually want to take advantage of seems somewhat counter productive. Just my humble opinion….

  • #29533

    Stephen Crowley
    Participant

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