We did a simulated commute from home to my wife's place of work, to test the time required and the feasibility of doing it regularly. It wasn't a bad ride, although the traffic in my little town can be challenging.
There are really three problems with commuting here in general:
1) Cars : The drivers here in Almost don't seem to have a clue. Do I pass or don't I? What does the left hand held up at ninety degrees to the shoulder signify? Don't I have the right of way because I'm in a Lexus? They are clearly annoyed by the presence of any bicycles on the road whatsoever. This situation is not helped by naive cyclists of all ages that ride on the sidewalks or on the left side of the road (i.e. against traffic). Somewhere in the dim past people were taught to ride this way, but now they can and should act like vehicles. This means stopping at stop signs and all the other annoying things that vehicles are required to do, and behaving courteously when the inevitable space invasion occurs.
2) Cars : Don't seem to understand that starting from a dead stop uphill on a bicycle is not always an easy or graceful thing. Recumbents are especially prone to wander because of the small wheel size and geometry. The only time I get annoyed with my equipment is when I'm unable to start smoothly because I've forgotten where to stop my feet in their progress around the crank. It is hard to get that position back just right, to remain calm and un-flustered, when horns are blaring or Harley Davidsons are rumbling past.
3) Cars : There are just too damn many of them. Routine ignorance of speed limits and traffic signals, poor communication in line-of-sight, and allowing distractions like phones, kids, or waving at pals, have given me some hair-raising experiences over the years. I always wear a helmet now, because I just can't trust the drivers intoxicated with the power and convenience of driving a "living room" around.
I'm still not decided about commuting or not commuting. Cars stink.