All week, we’ve shared great information about commuting to work by bike. Today, we thought we’d give you some reasons why it’s all worth it. It’s no secret that commuting by bike saves money, is better for your health, and lowers your carbon footprint, but the numbers may surprise you:
According to an article published in Forbes Magazine, the average bike commuter reported they paid an initial $500 to $800 for a bike and commuting related accessories, and had an annual maintenance cost of around $100. Compare that to the average cost of a vehicle today. It’s very easy to spend upwards of $10,000 to $20,000 to purchase a car, and then factor in the cumulative costs of commuting by car: $2.41/mile as calculated by Commute Solutions, which takes into account everything from gas prices to insurance to road repair costs. Say your average commute is five miles round trip and you work five days week. Within a month, you’ve already spent more than the average yearly costs of riding your bike. And with the uncertainty of gasoline prices, that number could easily increase.
Another benefit of riding a bike is better health. Our mechanic lives two miles from the shop, and commutes the 20 minutes to work and back daily. That’s 20 minutes of increased heart rate daily, which any doctor would tell you is beneficial. Plus, exercise in the morning has been linked to increased awareness and productivity throughout the workday.
Lastly, we all know it’s better for the environment to commute on bike. How much you ask? Shreya Dave, a graduate student at MIT, recently concluded that an ordinary sedan’s carbon footprint is more than 10 times greater than a conventional bicycle on a mile-for-mile basis, assuming each survives 15 years and you ride the bike 2,000 miles per year (or slightly less than eight miles per weekday). That’s a lot of trees saved, a lot less gas used, and way cleaner air for us all to breathe.
Still not convinced? Give it a go for a week. See how you feel, experience the feel of the wind in your face on your way to work, and how much happier you are during your work day. We’re pretty sure your stress will be lowered not having to deal with driving in the morning rush, and you’ll be way happier looking at your bank statement every month. And if you find it’s not for you, we urge you to still get out on your bike a few times a week and reap the benefits they provide from a recreational standpoint.
Happy riding everyone!
According to the League of American Bicyclists, more than half of the U.S. population lives within five miles of their workplace, making bicycling a feasible and fun way to get to work. With increased interest in healthy, sustainable and economic transportation options, it’s not surprising that, from 2000 to 2011, the number of bicycle commuters in the U.S. grew by more than 47 percent. Are you part of that 47%?
To celebrate Bike to Work Week, we’ll be blogging daily to bring you all the information you need to make your bike commute easier, safer, and more enjoyable. Not sure what to wear to beat the weather? Does carrying all your work stuff on a bike have you scratching your head? Or, are you still thinking about switching from the car to the bike and not quite sure how to make it all work? You’re in the right place! Be sure to check back daily!
To kick off the week, we’re bringing you a few smokin’ deals on a some great bikes that would make excellent commuters. Stop in today for a test ride and start saving money (and feeling better in the process).
Mom probably likes flowers, perfume and candy. But you know the gift she really wants this Mother’s Day is time with you. Remember when she taught you how to love playing outside? This year, return the favor. The Wausau, WI area is flush with great outdoor spots to enjoy. See what mom needs to make her outdoor adventures complete (we can help if you need ideas ) and cap off a great gift with time together doing something you both love.
Gift ideas (with each photo) and a list of nearby campgrounds, boat launches, hiking and bike trails, disc golf courses and tennis courts is just a click away. But click quick, then get outside! Happy Mother’s Day mom, from all of us at Shepherd & Schaller 🙂
Our shop is all about outdoor memories. They’re why we do what we do. They’re why we’ve worked for 65+ years. It’s not just about the skis, the kayak, or the bike. It’s about the fun; the memories, the speed or the calm, the record breaking time, or the laughs with family. We hope you’ll join us as we think back on our favorite outdoor memories, as we dig up the hilarious old photos & bring our old, worn out gear to the shop, all to be put on display.
We want our store to be an experience for you, and it can only be more complete if you get involved with us. Join us in one (or all!) of these three ways and leave your mark in our store this summer.