I guess I'm an average cyclist. I ride my bike if walking takes too long. There's a subway 1.4 km from my house. Google maps says 4 min but I'm not sure. It's all flat. About how long would it take?

  • Oh and I meant subway the fast food place 😂
    – momo2003
    Mar 18, 2016 at 0:25
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    This is basic mathematics, not bicycling.
    – Criggie
    Mar 18, 2016 at 1:27
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    @Criggie Or simple empiricism. It would take four minutes to find out whether Google is correct. Feb 21, 2017 at 16:13

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4 minutes sounds about right. It depends, of course, on how fast you ride and whether you have any delays such as traffic lights or road crossings. For that short a distance, you'll probably spend more time getting ready to ride and locking up your bike at the station restaurant.

  • Sorry, I meant the fast food place lol
    – momo2003
    Mar 18, 2016 at 0:26

Assuming your terrain is relatively flat:

Average cyclists will be 10-15 km/h, so that's 8.5 and 6 minutes.

I've walked past a grannie cyclist while out exercising my dog, so she would be doing under 6 km/h and at that speed would take 21 minutes to get to the station.

A fast road bike does 40 km/h and the pros can do 50-55 km/h sustained, so that's 2.1 minutes and 1.5 minutes respectively.

The world land speed record on a bike is well above 130 km/h and at that speed you'd be at the station in ~38 seconds.

The formula is

( Distance in km ) / ( Speed im km/h ) * 60

returning a time in minutes. This assumes no stopping for lights or traffic or crossing.

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