Welcome to your I-hate-Mondays-but-The-Bike-Geek-will-make-it-all-better post. No, not really but I bet a cup of Gloria Jeans coffee will make it all better (shameless plug for a buddy who works there).
So before I bore you with data, numbers and excel shenanigans, I want to share with you a couple of videos that I posted on the BikeCommuters Facebook page. If you don’t follow our page on Facebook, now it is time to do it since I will be doing a giveaway soon.
The following video below shows how things have not really changed and how people still SUCK. As I was on my way to the train station, some butthole buzzed by me while I was riding on the bike lane startling me. The driver was going to make a right turn but you can see on the video that the turn was quite a few yards away. Jerk.
The situation on the next video had me baffled… I really didn’t know what to do as I was riding the
bike multi-use trail. Two joggers were running towards me on my side of the trail and at the same time two cyclists were fast approaching making it dangerous for me to pass left. I decided to slow down hoping for the joggers to either a)Go single file b)move to their left. She opted to go right almost colliding with the approaching cyclist. Fortunately no one got hurt but it just goes to show you that bike commuters are not safe even when riding a bike multi-use trail.
So now let’s play the numbers game:
One of the Metrolink’s claims on why we should take the train is because the cost of operating a small vehicle is roughly 45 cents per mile (based on 15,000 miles per year). I thought this was a load of bullshit since I drive a hybrid and gas prices are relatively cheap, so I decided to do the math and see what the true cost of operating my car is.
So, according to my math, the cost of operating my vehicle is roughly 31 cents per mile, but you will notice that AAA’s estimate does not take into account hybrid vehicles. On the flip side, thanks to cheap gas prices the depreciation of my car is the highest amount of the total cost to operate my car. This was a W.T.F. moment for me since I thought the Metrolink fare was expensive but it turns out that I spend almost as much per day driving my car.
So if you are on the fence of becoming a bike commuter but you have not committed because gas is cheap, do the real math and you maybe surprised.
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