Wednesday, July 27, 2011
The bike kick continues with a focus on the thrifty aspects of fun with bikes. From the Australian article on electric bikes. It is based in Australia, but many of the ideas are true for the U.S. as well. "The top 10 reasons to buy an electric bike"
"Fifty per cent of all car journeys are of less than five kilometres' duration, which means that there is considerable potential for at least some of those journeys to be made safely and in a much healthier way by bike."
"Think of all those small trips that you do on a daily basis. Like down to the newsagent to get a paper. Or a quick trip to the video store, or to the corner shop to get a loaf of bread? I'm getting into the habit of using the bike for these little trips and keeping the car in the garage. I've also found that I'm enjoying riding the bike.
"3. Save money..
This is an obvious one. Lets look at a typical scenario. Assume you have to commute 12 km to work every day - 120 km per week. Your car gets approximately 10 liters/100km. Petrol is about $1.30 per liter. You would use about $15.60 per week in petrol so that would be your saving in fuel alone. This means it would take 12 to 18 months to cover the cost of an electric bike - if you were to factor in fuel alone. If you consider parking costs, tolls, insurance, registration, tires and general wear and tear on a car the story becomes more compelling.
"This calculation is also based on having an electric bike as well as a car. If you are looking to replace a car then it's almost instant payback. The story is just as compelling if you rely on public transport. To cover the same distance by train would be about $30 for a weekly ticket. That brings the return on investment on an electric bike down to about 40 weeks. "