Do you use a bicycle to eliminate any in car miles?

Discussion in 'General' started by abcdpeterson, Sep 24, 2008.


Do you ride a bycicle to replace driveing? or...?

  1. 1 - Yes I use a bicycle to replace driving.

    8 vote(s)
  2. 2 - I ride bicycle for other reasons.

    3 vote(s)
  3. 3 - Both 1 and 2.

    17 vote(s)
  4. 4 - No I don’t bike.

    8 vote(s)
  5. N/A - I refuse to vote in bicycle poll. :D

    0 vote(s)
  1. mparrish

    mparrish Rosie the Riveter Redux

    That's beautiful. Your own personal "park & ride". :)

    Instead of commuting 17 miles and going to the gym, now you are commuting 10 miles and "going to the gym". I say you are ahead of the game.

    There are all kinds of solutions that go well with bike. Car & bike, rail & bike, bus & bike........I use the later often.............I bike 12 miles in downhill, and bus with bike racked 12 miles uphill. It's my "ski lift" solution.
  2. abcdpeterson

    abcdpeterson Well-Known Member

    Speaking of going to the gym.

    I thought this was an interesting observation.

    Most people go the gym because they don’t get enough exercise. And where to most of these people try and park(even at the gym)?
    Close to door so they don’t have to walk. :eek:

    (Chuckle) Pay for car and gas to avoid exercise, then pay for gym to get exercise.

    Hypermiling AND Health benefits form “Potential Parking”! :bananapowerslide:

    O I should add. I don’t get enough exercise, and so I have gym membership. :(
    When I started this thread I also started biking more again.
  3. Kinder

    Kinder Well-Known Member

    Bike Cities: I got hooked on cycling in Davis, CA eight years ago. No, not in the same size category as Portland or Minneapolis, but I loved the bicycle-only round-abouts and bike traffic lights. What a cool town! Flat and warm year round too. They called it the bike capitol of the US, and I'd agree.

    Reno is not flat or warm (ok, its plenty hot in the summer), but I've made careful housing choices to make bicycle commuting as easy as possible. After 3 years of riding 99% of the days, including snowy ones, all 4 people in my office have become regular bike commuters. It's nice as we can all fit our bikes inside and have some solidarity. I have the shortest trip at 1.5 miles, but in my defense, I have no other option year round as I recently sold my old 4x4 and there's no car sitting around for me to use. Technically I'm saving no more than 15 miles of driving a week, but my previous home in a rural area of MN had required a 45 mile round trip commute with no options for closer employment in my field. By starting over, I will have, in another way of thinking, saved as much as 50,000 miles by the end of this year (and 1800 gallons of gas, based on the car I had then). Yes, on a few occasions I tried biking that 45 mile commute but it was a really windy and hilly route, too exhausting to do a credible day's work and do anything after getting home except collapse.

    Bike touring is in my past (one 2300 mi trip--MN to CA--and another 1200 mi--around Lake Superior), so without the truck, looks like I'll be getting on the mountain bike and pulling my BOB trailer next summer if I want to explore some nearby 4x4 routes and trout streams in the Sierras (and I do).
  4. Nanci

    Nanci Well-Known Member

    I'd love to have a BOB...That must have been a beautiful ride around Lake Superior!! I haven't been up there for so long.

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