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Pedal Power: Another $10.44 in the Jar!

Friday, May 06, 2011

Although it was a nippy start at 40 degrees, I warmed up nicely about half-way to work on my bike today. Waved a hello-good-morning-isn't-it-gr
eat-to-be-alive-on-a-bike to TEAMEAGIS as she was heading northbound to my southbound.

I was curious to see if there was an update to the total cost of running a car. Had ball-parked it at 50 cents a mile based on New York State's old reimbursement rate of 30 cents a mile if one uses one's own car. Lo & behold I'm not too far off: 58 cents! That's probably about right given I drive a middle-of-the-road Ford Taurus:

www.smartplanet.com/blog
/transportation/the-cost-o
f-driving-a-car-rises-by-3
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So at that rate I save $10.44 each time I commute to work on my bike. Not that I'm disciplined enough to ACTUALLY put that in a jar...lol! But I like to think of that benefit as well, of course, the OTHER benefits...physical health, emotional health, reducing carbon-footprint and dependence on oil, foreign or otherwise...!

Thx everybody for your support regarding yesterday's blog!

I, too, am a fan of sticking with what you love, but DANG all you runners get me thinking I'm missing out on something BIG! Lol!

We'll see if I can work in another 5K on my way home tonight...brought my shorts & T-shirt as we're heading for the 60's later today...woo hoo!

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FERRETLOVER1 5/7/2011 7:45AM

    The physical and mental benefits of riding your bike far outweigh any monetary benefits...but just think how much money you would have if you really could put that amount away regularly!!

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DAD2GETFIT 5/6/2011 9:38PM

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REYVE01 5/6/2011 8:38PM

    You may not put that money in a piggy bank...but it counts. That is how I felt when I quit smoking. I'm training for a 5K ... I hope I'll end up liking it, atleast uintil I can afford buying a bike.... I want to help the enviroment too..

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LMLOPEZ 5/6/2011 4:08PM

    Trust me-you're not missing out!!
And thanks for helping the environment, not to mention our taxpayer money for when you're "old" by preventing heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and other expensive chronic illnesses that may place you in a long term care facility. LOL!!!
Enjoy your bike ride!! :) Glad you warmed up on the way. I hear that spring may actually start soon-here in Chicago we go from snow to 90's with no in between. :)

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LOTUSBURGER 5/6/2011 3:59PM

    Really makes you think how much we can save.
Good Job

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DINGALLSTOO 5/6/2011 2:32PM

    wow! you could do a great cruise at the end of the year with all that $$

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L*I*T*A* 5/6/2011 12:47PM

    way to go!!!
good reminder to us all to re think our use of the car!!!
thanks for sharing.......
blessings and hugs............lita

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SKINNYPOWELL1 5/6/2011 10:49AM

    Great job on saving on the petrol and WOW, what a great benefit for your body. I would love to "bike it" to work. YOU ROCK DUDE !!!!!

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MOMMACASSEY 5/6/2011 9:12AM

    Aww, man! I wish I worked closer--it'd give me even more reason to dust off my bike and commute that way instead of taking my car.

I'm with you--bike riding is much more fun than running anywhere. Kids ride bikes, you know? Because it's FUN. You don't see kids running around in circles for the sheer joy of it.

Spinning in circles, sure....

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FRECKS96 5/6/2011 9:09AM

    That an amazing amount of savings for as much as you bike commute. Congrats on everything you do for yourself AND the environment! Enjoy your run if you do get out there today. It looks to be a stunning afternoon. I'll likely get a walk in myself.

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JLITT62 5/6/2011 9:08AM

    Told you it was good for the environment - I wasn't even thinking about your pocketbook!

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