Why I Wanted To Bike To Work Every Day In 2012

My goals for biking instead of driving in 2012 are to save money and improve my health. How does biking accomplish these goals?  The first and most obvious benefit is that I save at least $.25 per mile that I bike instead of drive.  The second obvious benefit is the ~600 calories I burn every day I bike to work.

Other Benefits:

  • Improved health leads to lower health care costs.
  • Biking instead of driving saves me the need for a gym membership.
  • Biking to work reduces the opportunity to go out to lunch thus forcing me to bring my lunch to work.
  • More free time comes by replacing my 25 minute driving commute with a 35 minute biking commute.
  • More energy and focus throughout the day.
  • With this level of exercise nearly every day, I am able to sleep better thus easily get up at 6am every day.
  • If I am able to completely replace my car with a bike, supplemented by my wife’s car, I can get rid of my car and become a single vehicle family.  This would be a big savings.

What gave me the idea and motivated me to start this quest and blog about it?  This post from Mr. Money Mustache: The True Cost of Commuting. These numbers are incredible.

Adding 38 miles of round-trip driving at the IRS’s estimate of total driving cost of $0.51 per mile, there’s $19 per day of direct driving and car ownership costs. … At 80 minutes per day, the self-imposed driving would be adding the equivalent of almost an entire work day to each work week – so they would now effectively be working 6 days per week. … After 10 years, multiplied across two cars since they have different work schedules, this decision would cost them about $125,000 in wealth (if they had for example chosen to put the $19/day into extra payments on their mortgage), and 1.3 working years worth of time, EACH, spent risking their lives daily behind the wheel.

By his calculations, living 1 mile closer to work allows a person to purchase a home $15,900 more expensive than otherwise possible.

2 Responses to “Why I Wanted To Bike To Work Every Day In 2012”

  1. Aunt Victoria February 11, 2012 at 7:40 pm #

    Might you talk a bit about where you store your bike and gear at work? Also, is there a shower at the office? We recently moved closer to my work, but I worry about aforementioned logistics. Thanks!

  2. Justin Kay February 14, 2012 at 4:17 pm #

    Hi Aunty Victoria, I’d be happy to talk about those things in upcoming posts. The short answers are: There is not a shower at my office. So far I haven’t needed one. I store my bike in the basement storage room. See my “Where will you park?” post.

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