Save some cash; bike to work
Have you been enjoying National Bike Month? We hope so. Not only are you firing up those leg muscles and working up a sweat, you’re also shedding pounds off your wallet. You could be saving precious hours of your life that would’ve been spent in rush-hour traffic.
According to Kiplinger, the number of Americans who bike as their primary means of transportation to work has increased almost 40% in the past decade. They’re reaping the benefits — why shouldn’t you? Find out how much you could be saving with Kiplinger’s handy calculator, which you can find here. It allows you to see exactly how much money you are saving (or can be saving) by putting away the car keys and jumping on your bike. Simply enter the length of your daily commute, parking costs and daily toll expense, and let the calculator do the rest.
Fun commuting and health facts by BikesBelong.org:
- Adults who bike to work have better weight, blood pressure and insulin levels. (Gordon-Larsen, P., et al., 2009)
- The average American household spends $7,179 per year on owning and driving their cars. (Bureau of Transportation Statistics, 2010)
- On a round-trip commute of 10 miles, bicyclists save around $10 daily. (Commute Solutions, 2011)
- Adolescents who bicycle are 48% less likely to be overweight as adults. (Menschik, D, et al., 2008)
- Traffic congestion wastes nearly 3.9 billion gallons of gas per year in the United States. (Texas Transportation Institute, 2010)
- Women who bike 30 minutes a day have a lower risk of breast cancer. (Luoto, R., et al., 2000)
- For every 1 mile pedaled rather than driven, nearly 1 lb. of CO2 (0.88 lbs.) is saved. (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 2009)
Want to find a Bike Month event in your community? Check out the event directory by The League of American Bicyclists. If you need to wipe away the cobwebs from your bike, you’re going to need a safety inspection before hitting the road. Your local bike shop can help!
Brushing up on your bicycling etiquette wouldn’t hurt either!