A while ago I compared commute times in Manchester, I now live in Wellington and thought it would be interesting to repeat the exercise (no pun intended) here.
I live a little further out of town in Wellington, the routes I use its about 12.5 KM to work and 11.5 KM home. When I use the bus I have to walk about 5 minutes to the bus stop from my house, the bus stop is right outside work. I usually leave between 7:30 am and 8 am in the morning, which is rush hour, in the evening its usually after 5:30 so a little after peek travel time for most people.
Unlike Manchester, which was relatively flat, the trip times in Wellington is skewed as we live at the top of a hill, The elevation gain in meters on the way home looks like this
Once again I collected at least 10 tracks in each direction for each mode of transport, using the wonderful My Tracks. The results are
The cycle trips do not include time to get changed, but generally reflect what I felt was happening, it was fasted in the morning to cycle and faster to use the bus in the evening.
Once again I plotted the spread of times, I appear to have got quicker at going to work as I got used to riding here.
In Manchester it was obvious that it was faster to commute using a cycle, in Wellington the advantage is less apparent. However if you take into account the steepness of the hill (trust me its as steep as it looks) then I guess I am surprised that I am able to keep up with the bus on the way home.
Having just done my medical for my visa I can attest that I am getting fitter