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Average gas prices have topped $4 nationwide, prompting some remote workers to question whether they really need to return to the office. Stefani Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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High gas prices present another hurdle in bringing workers back to the office

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The average American commute increased to 26.9 minutes in 2017 from 26.6 minutes the year before, according to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey. Drew Angerer/Getty Images hide caption

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"So I got a ticket," bike commuter Molly Millar wrote in a tweet last week. The Vancouver cyclist had left her bike in a rack outside her office building. Molly Millar/Twitter hide caption

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