Drive My Bike

Is $5 per Gallon The Tipping Point for Bike Commuters?
June 11, 2008, 8:59 am
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A recent survey about commuter pain reveals some interesting opinions…

“At the time of the study, gasoline was at a national average of $3.67 a gallon. At a price level of $3.50 a gallon, 9% of respondents said they would consider changing their commuting habits… an additional 22% said they would seek other commuting options if gas hits $4 a gallon, and if prices make it to $5 a gallon, a total of 66% of drivers said they would look for new ways of commuting.”

Wow… it sounds like $5 per gallon is the magic price point when most people will say “Enough!” and start to actually do something different for their commute.  Based on the way things are going it doesn’t sound like that will be very far in the future.

What about you?  If you already commute by bike then why did you start bike commuting?  If you are not a bike commuter what would it take to make you consider becoming one?


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I’ve got no excuses other than I live 17 miles from the office. But, as gas prices continue to climb, I’m seriously considering bicycle commuting. I’ve got about everything I need except a couple of safety lights.

Comment by Greg

Greg, 17 miles is a lot if you haven’t ridden much lately. You might want to start with a mixed solution. Some have recommended driving one way, then riding your bike home and leaving your vehicle at work, then alternating the next day so you can get your vehicle back home. Another possibility would be to take public transportation part of the way (assuming you can get your bike on the bus/train) and then riding your bike the rest. The important thing is to be creative and find solutions, instead of letting that 17 mile ride intimidate you. The fact that you are at least thinking about bike commuting is great. I hope that you can get started soon. Check out some of the sites in my blogroll for some great solutions to common issues.

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