- There is no 100% stress-free way to commute when you are an anxious person in general, except maybe walking when it's viable.
- Biking is the most laid back since I have control over most travel stressors (timing, traffic, parking) and the physical exertion gives me a nice outlet, but there's still weather and safety to think about.
- Driving provides an alternative when the weather is too cold/slushy for biking, but (especially post-blizzard), parking can pose a problem.
- Riding public transportation similarly helps when the roads aren't bikeable, and I don't have to worry about being alert or finding parking, but I do have to put my faith in public transit schedules.
- I stay in better shape when I bike. For a girl who doesn't belong to a gym, 45 minutes of biking a day does wonders.
- I get out of the house more with a car (at least more than what's normal in February). I can do multiple errands in one trip. I can drive to the suburbs to get out of the city. I can meet my boyfriend across the city after work without it taking an hour.
- I read more when I take CTA. About an hour more each day, depending on how interesting other bus/train riders are.
- Biking is the cheapest and most versatile way to commute.
- Driving is the most comfortable and the least smelly way to commute.
- Public transportation is the most city slicker least predictable way to commute.