I read a blog post from bike v car and he put a graph up to show the difference between his mileage on his bike versus his car.  To do this in an on-going way takes dedication.  I plotted my mileage using km and only compared trips when I could commute (e.g driving/cycling to work, going to the shops etc.) So I actually drove more than 588km in October which would appear to be less than I normally do (scary petrol use).  To clarify, had it not been in my mind constantly to use the bike instead of the car whenever I could as I have until now, then my petrol use would have been more.  In October, we only spent £100 on petrol for the car that I use for work (we’re a 2 car family).  That corresponds to roughly £50 per fortnight.  I would estimate that we saved ~£50 on petrol because of it.

As it was a 5 week month I managed to ride 507km in commuting terms and 537km in total.  That’s the most that I’ve ever done in a month so I’m feeling quite pleased that I forced myself up and out on those dark, wet (but mild) mornings.   However, it is important to remember the context of my “commute” to the shops mileage. Depending on the shop and what I need, this is either a 2.5km or 17km trip in the car but I usually take a more scenic route and will often travel 20-30km in order to get the pint of milk that would be a short trip up the road in the car.  That said, I don’t care how unscientific this little experiment was as a) it kept me motivated to ride further b) sets a precedent for the future and c) saved me & my family money (probably to pay for the extortionate rise in energy tariffs for the winter).

I won’t be boring you with the chart that I made on a spread-sheet, I can’t even figure out how to post it as a picture…

About biking2work

Sometimes bad tempered Dad to 2 sons who break things. Use the 2 wheels to get from A to B when I can
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3 Responses to October

  1. bikevcar says:

    Thanks for the reference – I started keeping a record of bike v car mileage for motivational purposes. And it’s stuck. I have future plans to find more local work and finally catch up the mileage, but for now it’s just for fun to keep it going.

  2. johnnylcope says:

    Maybe it’s just me but I’ve always logged my rides. 30 years ago had a mechanical device that used to attach to the wheel and I’d write it down in a diary. Nowadays there are cycling GPS & and phone apps that do it all for me and save to a web app. The best motivation is looking back in a years time and saying WOW I rode all that way.

    Keep Peddling
    Johnny the bike boy

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