Saturday, August 03, 2013

Bicycling: The SAFEST Form of Transportation

My favorite frugality/good life guru gives his two-cents on travel by bicycle.

Of all the objections I get from people about why they can’t ride a bike to get around, perhaps the most frustrating is the claim that bicycling is too dangerous. According to this line of reasoning, we all need the protection of a two-tonne steel cage in order to survive the trip to the office or the grocery store... It is not an exaggeration to say that a bicycle is a money-printing fountain of youth, probably the single most important and highest-yielding investment a human can possibly own.
Biking vs. Driving
Driving a car at 70MPH for one hour:
20 minutes of lifespan erased
$35.00 per hour of money burned

Riding a bike at 12MPH for one hour:
4.5 hours of lifespan gained
$100 of monetary gains secured

On a Per-Mile Basis:
Car: Lose 50 cents and 18 seconds of life
Bike: Gain $8.33 and 1350 seconds of life
Mr. Money Moustach

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