Archive for the “Commuting Tips” Category

bike-to-work1It’s so easy to put off daily exercise. Even though my place of employment offers a full gym, with weight room, group exercise classes, treadmills and stationary bicycles and showers, I can always find an excuse to put off my workouts. Even though my employer actively encourages its employees to go exercise, I can find a hundred and one reasons to do something else.

This summer, when gasoline hit $4.00 a gallon, I decided to buy a quality bicycle and ride to work everyday. Since my employer does actively promote employee fitness, they provide bike racks for locking up bikes during the day. My office is downtown, so to park a car costs money. Riding my bike, I get “rock star” parking. That is, parking right outside the door, and not blocks away at an expensive garage.

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parking-lotDo you often waste time hunting for your car in a large parking lot or garage? Use these tips to keep track of where you left your car, and locate it quickly.

  • Get out your cell phone and take a quick photo of the lot markers sign. Then if you can’t remember where you parked, just take a look at the picture and had right to G-7 or wherever you left your car.
  • When you frequently go to one place such as a store, try to park in the same area.
  • If you are in a pay lot and received a ticket when you entered, write down your parking space number or the area of the parking garage on the ticket.
  • Still can’t find your car? If your car has a remote entry system, press the lock button until you hear the beep telling you that the car is locked. You may need to do this more than once and use the sound to track where the car is in the lot.
  • Can’t hear the beep? If your car is really lost, press the panic button to set off the alarm.
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subwayRiding a big city subway during the rush hour commute to and from work can test the limits of your humanity. Fortunately, there are a few suggestions for taking control of the situation. When riding a crowded subway train everyday to work, observe which car stops closest to the exit point at your destination. The next day, board the car that you have already identified as being most likely to stop near your destination’s exit. Following this strategy, you should be able to get the jump on the crowds as they try to exit the subway station at rush hour.

Also, “back riding” to catch an express train can really speed a commute. “Back riding” involves catching a train going in the opposite directions of your intended itinerary with the purpose of arriving at a station serviced by an express train. Sometimes one step back, can lead to two steps forward.

Another useful tip is to prepay for fares ahead of time by purchasing a monthly pass instead of buying a ticket everyday.

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