These past 6 months, a friend and I have been riding our bicycles pretty regularly, putting a 150-200 miles every month on them. We’ve been riding up to another friend’s house across the city on Wednesdays, which has the added benefit of not expending gas in my car for a relatively short trip (~7.5 miles each way, 15 round trip).
Yesterday we got to his house in 31 minutes, and got back home in 35, averaging about 14 miles per hour. I realized that this is actually faster than driving my car up there during the day, because of traffic. Filtering past 1/4 mile of gridlock on a bike is downright cathartic.