According to the AAA, it costs an average of 52.2 cents to drive a car one mile in the US. If you drive an average of 20,000 miles a year that adds up to $10,440 bucks! That’s a 3-week vacation in Paris!
What does it cost to ride a bicycle for a year? Well, I couldn’t find any numbers on that so I’ll just go by what I’ve spent since I sold my car.
Yup, if you figure my whole transportation system including the price of the bike and overhauling it, replacing worn tires, chains, and brake pads, I’m into it for a grand total of about $1,500. Now my old-school steel-framed bike will probably last longer than I will, but for the sake of argument, let’s say I’ll have to replace it in 10 years. Sure, there is some bare maintenance I’ll have to do, like a couple of drops of oil on the chain once a week. And I had to pump up the tires the other day.
Once I blew almost $60 on a complete new drive train! Almost as much as a single tank of gas.
Now I’m in a special situation. I don’t have to commute; I work from home. But I do run a lot of errands and I’m now in good enough shape to ride 20-30 miles without breaking a sweat. I have the clothing to ride in even the worst Seattle downpour in relative comfort.
Plus, it's just a lot more fun than driving.
But just think, even if you left the car at home and rode your bike one-quarter of the time, you’d still save enough for a week in Mexico!