I live in downtown Vancouver and despise driving over the bridges unless absolutely necessary. So I often ride the Seabus across and catch the #228 from Lonsdale Quay. That leaves me facing the daunting climb up Mountain Highway (which honestly looks worse than it is).
Alternatively I can also catch the #210 from town. This option get me further up Mountain Highway but leaves me sitting in a vehicle on a bridge again. A situation I despise.
Or finally, I can just ride the whole thing. This is the longest option in terms of time. It is also the most satisfying. I am exhausted by the end of the ride. Starving. And looking for an energy drink with the code IPA emblazoned somewhere on the label.
I tend to use an auto only when I head out of town. Driving in town gives me an appreciation for how road rage starts.