Is commuting to work on a bicycle a smart idea and a money saver?
My job is only 3.2 miles away from my home. I’m thinking about saving money by commuting on a bike.
- 3 weeks ago
Yes. Approx 20 minutes each way.
How often, under what conditions(temperature, wet weather, MAIN ROADS...)
Helmet, lights. Ride on street. Follow all rules of the road (stop sign, waiting for green light, correct side of road... Same as driving a car. Lights at night and poor weather)
Bicycle maintenance (can cost price of bike yearly!)
Are your roads safe, no aggressive drivers
- pmt853Lv 71 month ago
It's probably going to be very good for your health. You can cycle pretty cheaply, but cheap bikes are virtually always poor value, they are usually heavy, poorly equipped and constructed and not likely to last very long. You may also find that you enjoy cycling so have to have another bike, then another one.... You'll also need suitable lights, repair kit and clothes. I highly recommend it.
- ?Lv 41 month ago
That is a short commute and perfect for bicycling and if roads and routes are safe and friendly to bicycling then enjoy being healthy .
- blazingpedalsLv 61 month ago
Cycle-commuting makes a lot of sense. You will probably still own a motor vehicle, but you can save in gas and probably parking expenses. That's only IF you have a safe place to park it. It kind of destroys your savings if you have to replace a stolen bike every month or two. I used to park mine right in my office.
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- D50Lv 61 month ago
If you can ditch your car, you will save LOTS of money. Even if you keep it, you can probably lower your insurance and other costs of ownership. You will probably save time overall, too, and you will certainly have more fun. I hope your climate is favorable for it, though. Even 3 miles in miserable weather can be miserable.
- JonLv 71 month ago
3.2 miles? Go for it. Lots of people ride further than that to work. Saves money, good exercise, and in many cases the fastest option.
- MattmanLv 62 months ago
I was biking to and from for years when I lived in Maryland. In Florida I biked there but keep laid off.
- RaleighBobLv 62 months ago
Are you on Facebook? Look up a group simply called Bicycle Commuter. There's over 800,000 members. https://www.facebook.com/groups/13999512559/
Some of them commute to work in any kind of weather; rain, snow and even sunshine. 6.4 miles a day is basically nothing, barely a good warm-up. Even at newbie speed of 10 mph, it shouldn't take you over 20 minutes to arrive at work.
What I would highly suggest is learn how to ride safely on the streets. Start by reading Bicycling Street Smarts. http://www.bikexprt.com/streetsmarts/usa/ Learn how to 'control' or take the lane when needed.
- OldHippieLv 72 months ago
Start adding up the cost of owning and/or operating a car. Quote, "In mid 2019, the average monthly car payment was $550 for new vehicles and $392 for used vehicles..." https://www.finder.com/what-is-the-average-car-pay... Now insurance, usually paid monthly by a lot of people too. According to another source I found - "the average auto insurance monthly payment is $79.58." https://www.carinsurancecomparison.com/what-is-the...
Those two together add up to about $475 a month for a used car with insurance. Now toss in unexpected repair bills & fluctuating gas prices. Honestly...I'm living on a meager income from Social (in) Security & I don't know how anyone can afford a car today! 😲 I haven't owned or driven a car in roughly THIRTEEN YEARS! I do everything by bike that you do in car - except haul passengers - that includes shopping. For smaller loads, I use panniers (bike saddle bags). For larger loads, I have a cargo trailer.
Now start adding up the price to own & operate a truly GOOD bicycle. The initial price might seem rather steep. But after that...your expenses are practically nil - nothing - nada - ZERO. The reason I emphasize a GOOD bicycle is because a cheap one is a false economy. You'll wind up spending more on repairs & upgrades than the bike is worth. In other words, stay away from discount store JUNK! Go to a REAL bicycle shop. Figure around $500 to $600 for a bike + needed accessories. You'll need a home floor pump, preferably a source of air on the bike too (like a frame pump - mini-pump), a spare tube, an under-seat bag, a folding multi-purpose tool, tire levers and lights both front & rear. Yes...I use lights a lot even during daylight hours - especially if it's cloudy.
The 2011 Raleigh Sojourn touring bike shown below cost $1,200 brand new. Since then, I probably haven't spent more than $500. That includes new tires, new disc brake pads, one complete overhaul (tune-up & cleaning) and of course a new chain & rear cassette (cog) when needed. Nothing lasts forever. The bike has NEVER had a breakdown away from home. Roughly 13,000 miles on the bike. Can you say that about your car?
- Donnie PorkoLv 72 months ago
Sure. Lots of my coworkers bike to work. We have several bike racks around the premise.