Drive My Bike


A New Measurement: BPM = "Bicyclists Per Mile”

Wow… it was almost crowded on my ride in to work this morning! I saw eleven other bicyclists on the road, over the five miles that I ride from home to work. I have never really kept track of how many I see, but I’m sure that is a new record!Measurement

I have been bike commuting for almost two months now, and I’m sure the number of bicyclists on my route has at least doubled, if not tripled.  I remember the first couple of days it seemed like I was lucky if I saw two or three other cyclists on the road.

All this got me thinking that it might be fun to actually start tracking that number to see if I can put some data behind the trend. So… I propose a new unit of measurement: BPM or “Bicyclists Per Mile”. Coming up with that figure is relatively simple… Count the bicyclists you see on your commute, add one for yourself, then divide that total by the number of miles in your commute.

So for today I would have 11 + 1 = 12, 12 divided by 5 = 2.4 Bicyclists Per Mile (BPM)

So, I would ask all of you who read this blog to start tracking BPM when you ride. I’m going to do this, and see how things change over the next few weeks.  Is this scientific?… Are you kidding? We’re having fun here, remember?

Now go figure out the BPM for your next ride! 🙂

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I used to do this when I lived in Los Angeles- I called it the Bike Commuter Index. Because I was only interested in people choosing to use their bikes instead of cars, I did not count children, and someone who was outfitted in spandex and not carrying a backpack or pannier only counted for 1/2, as it was at least even odds that they were just out for a training ride. The highest I ever his was 1.83 BPM, and my average was less than 1 BPM.

Comment by Erin

So when I haul my 2 kids to daycare in the trailer then go back home to work, how many would that count for? LOL!!

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