Mike from mpbloggo is riding his bike to work in Houston, TX - 15 miles each way, and some of that is along freeways. In Biking to Work: One Week he writes about why he's doing this:
[I]t may have something to do with the same thing that makes me hate commercial flight, or sitting in traffic. I realize this may sound self-aggrandizing, or romantic, or naive, but...riding the bike to work gives me a sense of freedom and self-reliance that is otherwise difficult to come across living in a large metropolitan area. As Jenefer would tell you, this is something I have struggled with ever since we moved to Houston. For now, biking seems to be a therapeutic response to the challenge of living in the country's fourth largest, yet arguably most non-descript city.
His bicycle commute is 30-40 minutes per day longer than his commute by car, though it varies a bit by weather (trucks are better in the rain) and traffic (bicycles can go past a whole line of stopped cars on the freeway).
This coming May we’re challenging you to "curb your car" and drive less. We know it's hard, but that's why were here - to provide motivation and offer our complete support throughout May and the rest of the year. Check out our calendar for a listing of over 20 fun and educational events during the month that are sure to inspire you to drive less throughout the entire year. While the events are focused on raising awareness about transit, walking, biking and sharing a ride, there’s no shortage of ways to get around town. Come on, what could be more pleasant than a leisurely, stress-free commute on a lovely summer's day? Be creative and have fun with your daily commute and errands. Rollerblade to work. Bike to the gym. You just might be surprised at how much you enjoy leaving your car at home!
My own one way commute to work on foot is 35-45 minutes, and the bus commute is 20-25 minutes, so my time difference in walking vs. transit is about the same as Mike's. It's nice to ride the bus in a town when your fellow passengers have interesting things to say about public transit in Geneva (the physicist I talked to today) but I do love it when there's enough time in the day to make the trip to town a hike.