So I saved a $1.68 today by riding my bicycle to work
I decided that I'm going to ride my bicycle to work as much as possible this summer. My initial motivation to do this was to get back in shape, and to prepare myself for the "Pittsburgh MS150" (which is a 150 mile bikeride that benefits Multiple Sclerosis) Then I thought about the money I'd save since I won't be driving my car.
My round-trip from home to work and back is 16.8 miles, and my Accord gets right around 30 mpg, gas around here is right around $3.00/gallon, so I figure I just saved $1.68.
So if I ride to work 4 days a week (although I work 5 days a week, but I'll give myself one day per week off incase the weather might be bad, or I need my car to transport stuff, or if I just don't feel like pedaling to work) for the next 16 weeks, assuming gas stays at $3/gallon this summer (which it most likely won't), I'll save around $107, plus I'm sure I'll drop a few pounds in the process.
I'll save around $107, plus I'm sure I'll drop a few pounds in the process.
And less pounds = easier to ride Not to mention muscle growth and extra energy
I find that when I do my regular rides... I eat like there's no tomorrow (perhaps offsetting my carbon output?)... But as soon as I stop (well, within a day) - my metabolism drops back significantly and, pardon the expression, my bowels aren't too happy either
But don't forget the savings in wear/tear on your vehicle too (as long as it gets a little attention). But really, given the health side of it - can you put a "savings" on better quality of life?
Time is the best teacher. Unfortunately it kills all its students.
You also need to consider that not driving is the ultimate in fuel efficiency. I haven't been riding much and need to start again now that spring is finally hitting Maine. If you have a very long commute, try this. When I lived in Virginia I had a 38 mile commute, 2/3 of it on the highway, so biking was out. So what I did was I put the bike in the trunk, drove till I got off the highway, parked the car in a grocery store parking lot, and pedaled the rest of the way. This was after 9/11 when the lines to get on Navy bases were miles long and I did it just to avoid traffic. That was before I became "FE Aware."