Free Ebook.

Enter your email address:

Delivered by FeedBurner

« Star Money Articles and Carnivals for the Week of May 19 | Main | Best Way to Save on Car Insurance »

May 23, 2008


Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.

I *am* riding my bike to work, but not because of the gas prices. It's actually the easiest way for me to get mileage in so on my other rides I can concentrate on riding hard.

My wife actually works for one of the top shops in town ( and says that the numbers of folks coming in for commuting advice is climbing pretty good. They actually did a special sale a few weeks bike with a really nice how to presentation for new commuters.

In my area, riding a bike to work from my home that's only four miles from work is just not worth the risk to my life. Too many hills, blind corners, and overhaning trees, not to mention the large SUVs and trucks that navigate our narrow, shoulder-less roads. If I had just stayed at the old apartment that was five miles away on the other side of town, riding my bike would have been a no-brainer.
A better option is to ditch the suburban tract home and move closer to work. Just be sure to split the difference with your spouse's work. Even if it's more expensive, it would be a great opportunity to downsize everything. You may find that your bicycle options get better the closer you get to your workplace.

I began riding my bike to work last spring - I was training for a triathlon and wanted more time on the bike. After the triathlon, I was enjoying it so much that I continued until the weather got bad (and the mornings dark). I am pretty lucky in that there is a bike path about 1/2 mile from my house, and I'm able to take that for about 2/3 of the 9 mile trip. I enjoy getting out for the health benefits, but this year especially, it's become a real money saver with gas prices. I estimate that I save about $5 each day from my 18 round trip ride. I'm able to ride about 2 - 3 times each week. And I feel great when I get to work, it's a great way to start the day!

Wish I could, but it's like a 20 mile trip with a interstate highway bridge involved. Perhaps when we move in the next couple years we'll be closer to the office.

My wife and I have been car-free bicycle commuters since late 2001. All it takes is good planning and willingness to never have be in a hurry to get somewhere. We live in between our works- 2 1/2 miles to my job and 9 blocks to hers.

I rode my bike last year when gas prices went up but had to stop when I started going to school after work. Now that the summer is here, I am planning on starting again with the option to ride the bus instead of driving. Cutting out one fill-up per month saves me $60/month and even if I rode the bus it only costs me $32 a month, so my net savings is $28.

If you're buying a bike, make sure you get pedals and shoes that let you clip in. It makes it so much easier :) I was hardly using my bike, but recently bought pedals and shoes and have been enjoying it a lot more. And although I'm not commuting with it, I have started to use it for errands. Maybe this is obvious to a lot of you, but I didn't come from a biking background so I skipped pedals and shoes when I first bought my bike.

I agree pedals are pretty important:)

I've biked to work for the last 12 years and 15 of the last 19 years. We bought our current house 12 years ago specifically because it was close to work, schools, stores and entertainment. We hate the high gas prices, but we're very happy we don't have to drive everyday.

I'd love to try riding my bike to my new job, but I've been told that to stay on the safe side, I shouldn't ride at all this summer, since I'm pregnant. :(

I am going to try to start walking to the grocery store as the weather warms up (about a quarter-mile from our house).

The comments to this entry are closed.

Start a Blog


  • Any information shared on Free Money Finance does not constitute financial advice. The Website is intended to provide general information only and does not attempt to give you advice that relates to your specific circumstances. You are advised to discuss your specific requirements with an independent financial adviser. Per FTC guidelines, this website may be compensated by companies mentioned through advertising, affiliate programs or otherwise. All posts are © 2005-2012, Free Money Finance.