Commuting via Bicycle
I think I mentioned this before, but one of the reasons that I purchased my bike was because I want to start using it ride to class and work.
I will look like that tomorrow when I am riding to work
I am looking at it this way…
By biking to class and work:
- I am saving money in gas
- I am saving the environment
- I am getting more experience on the bike
- I am getting exercise (not that I need anymore)
- I am saving time (It takes me 30 minutes to get to class when it is 2 miles away; today I biked there in 15 minutes)
How can those things be bad?
Do you bike or walk to work/school?
Here are some bike commuting :
Bicycling Improves Your Health
We all know that America REALLY needs this!
- Number one strategy for reducing inactivity-related diseases: shifting from auto trips to walking and bicycling [Centers for Disease Control],
- New bicycle commuters can expect to lose 13 pounds their first year of bicycle commuting. [Bicycling Magazine]
- Behind tobacco, leading cause of death among adults: inactivity / sedentary lifestyles [California Dept. of Health Services]
Bicycling Makes Financial Sense
Remember that I am in college and I spend the little money that I have at .
- Trimming one vehicle from your household, saves you $340/month [City of Seattle]
- Cost to purchase and install one bike parking rack: $1503
- Number of bikes that can be parked in one car parking space in paved lot: 6 – 203
- Estimated cost of constructing one car parking space in a paved lot: $2,000
- Estimated cost of constructing one car parking space in a garage: $20,000 – $30,000
Bicycling Makes Environmental Sense
Our “Earth” is going down the gutter because of the way that we are treating it.
- America’s cars and trucks consume 10% of world’s oil supply [League of American Bicyclists ]
Bicycling is just more fun
Heck yes it is. Right now it is more than running, but I doubt that will last. I had a great run today that sparked something.
- 25% of the U.S. population bicycles [Omnibus Transportation Survey by Bureau of Transportation Statistics, July 2001]
- 20% of Washingtonians rode a bicycle in 2001 [WA State Assessment of Outdoor Recreation, March 2002]
- 60 million Americans bicycle at least once per year [Bikes Belong]
- While in Japan 15% of commuters bicycle to work, in the Netherlands 50% of commuters bicycle and in China 77% commute by bike; only 1.6% of U.S. commuters bicycle to work [Washington State Energy Office Extension Services]
Today was my first day of commuting and I really enjoyed it. I actually left LATER than I usually do on Tuesdays, but I still had time to stop at Starbucks before class. While I probably spent more money on coffee than I would have on gas, I still made really good time. Hey, at least I brought my own cup That cancels it out right?
My goal is to bike to class 4 days a week, giving myself one day to wuss out if it is too cold or I am feeling really lazy. Trust me, I get LAZY. However, I want to bike to work on the weekends when possible and I also want to bike when I am doing errands. Tuscaloosa isn’t very big, so biking to the store or to Target isn’t a problem. Hopefully this will help me spend less as well
I love being outside, I love being active, and I love helping out the environment as much as I can (my parents think I am nuts for buying “natural” cleaning supplies). I know that one person (me) can’t do much, but hopefully I will inspire other people to do the same. That is my goal.