Cycling to work is “cheaperior”

We picked this story up on the excellent http://quickrelease.tv cycling blog, and it relates to the sharp increase in cycle commuting, and the fact that with fuel costs spiralling to new heights every day, cycling is the CHEAP and SUPERIOR way of getting get to work.

Here’s a quick excerpt from the site, but make sure you check out all the links in the quickrelease story here.

“With gas prices above the $4 mark, more cash-strapped commuters are turning to bikes.”

Reporters tend to lead with the economics angle, but the best pieces – for the image of cycling – are those that interview converts to cycling. And, with the zeal common among converts, they recount how they may have started cycling because of the spiralling price of fuel but they have discovered how much faster cycling is in towns and how much weight they’ve lost and – the knock-out punch – how much fun it is.”

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3 thoughts on “Cycling to work is “cheaperior”

  1. I believe there’s a paradox here.
    Were in the midst of Global Warming, and petrol prices are sending us all broke.
    On the flipside; yes, it’s cheaper to cycle to work and more environmentally friendly, however, as a driver, encountering a cyclist on a main road is nothing but stress.
    You’re driving in bumper to bumper traffic. You notice two flashes of a right indicator in front of you and on a whim the car in front swirves into the right lane within a few secounds.
    Only then, do you notice the lycra wraped chap peddling his bike. However, the fragile environmentalist is but a few millimetres from your car now. The choices you have are to swerve into the next lane, which in most cases is not possible, or slam your brakes on in fear that your that tiny bit too close. Close enough to nip the corner of the bike.
    If there’s a footpath, use it for goodness sake.
    Public transport is going to be running concinuously throughout the day regardless of your intent to save the environment single handedly, so why not use it.
    My friends dad has been hit a few times by a car while he was riding. Wound up in hospital with a few injuries.
    I agree with all the benifits of riding to work, but geez, as a driver, nothing else makes your heat skip two beats then a cyclist flashing into view.

  2. Thanks for the comment.
    This is why many governments are now spending vast sums of money on improving their cities for cyclists, to make it safer, to reduce the amount of contact cyclists and car drivers have. The cycling issue is not just about greenhouse gasses, but about making cities a pleasant place to be with air that you can breathe, and reduced noise pollution.

    62% of city journeys made by car are only 1-2 miles long, and there if even half of these journeys were made by bike rather than car the roads would be a lot emptier and a lot safer as a result.

    What we say is use transport sensibly. By all means use your car, use public transport, but combine it with cycling – and a folding bike allows you the freedom, flexibility and safety to ride where it’s sensible to ride. There should be no need to be a martyr!

  3. Thanks for your reply. I defintely agree that cycling is ‘cheaperior’. ‘Cheaperior’ is a great word!

    As a car driver, the hundreds of pounds I spend every year on my car for years on end is vast in comparison to owning a bike.

    However, as a newbie to cycling, it is a bit worrying and frightening to cycle to work during the rush hour but it is a long term aim of mine. What I’ve noticed since I’ve started is that the local councils are providing the infrastructure necessary, hence the excellent free cycle training I’m on at the moment.

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