The Real Cost of Driving to Work
If you drive to work regularly, you’ll no doubt already be familiar with the stressful traffic jams, costs of petrol and early mornings that come with it. Without living a 20-30 minute walk from their job, the majority of commuters feel that driving is the fastest and most convenient way to get to work.
However, what many drivers don’t know is what their daily commute is really costing them in other ways – and how this can be alleviated by switching their motor for a bike. Check out these intriguing facts about cycling to work. They may just encourage you to think differently!
Commuting by bike can be twice as fast as a car in traffic.
Just think of all that wasted time spent sat in stationary traffic. Far as your route might seem, you could zip around it if you were on a bike. The average travel time for a cycle commute is just 22 minutes.
Middle-aged cyclists can be twice as fit as someone ten years younger.
Work your way towards a lean physique in your 50s, when you’ll be able to chuckle at the 25 year old driver with the beer gut. Or, more importantly, keep that ticker running smoothly.
One car space = 10 bike parking spaces.
Looking for a small space in which to snugly slip your bike and leave it there to stay for a while? It’s not so easy when you’ve got a car.
You’re actually working six days a week, not five.
In this breakdown by Mr Money Mustache, he calculates that with a typical commute of 40 minutes there and back (totaling 80 minutes per day), you’re actually spending the equivalent of an extra work day per week, both in time and money.
Now that’s just not fun.
Driving is said to be five times more dangerous than cycling for young men.
In a study by UCL in 2012, it was found that driving posed a five times greater danger to males aged between 17 and 20 than cycling, and that cycling is “markedly the safer option”.
A cycle commute of 30 mins on a bike costing £500 (including gear) could save you £1012 per year.
If Steve Morgan’s Cycle to Work Calculator is anything to go by, a simple 30 minute commute on a bike costing £500 (including gear) could save you £1012 over the course of a year, assuming you were traveling 45 minutes at a rough cost of £5.80 per journey.
Don’t take our word for it though – head to the calculator yourself and have a play around with numbers to see how much you could be saving.
Driving is six times more expensive for society than cycling.
A study in Copenhagen that looked at the costs of driving and cycling for society, found that driving is six times more expensive in terms of road wear, air pollution, health, noise and climate change.
In other sources, it is estimated that cyclists contribute around £230 each to the UK economy each year, and whilst the cost of driving is increasing, the cost of cycling is declining.
It’s no secret that driving comes with its own operating costs. But add to these costs the amount of stress endured; calories stored and time lost, and you’ll begin to see why cycling is such an attractive alternative.
Keen to cycle to work, but don’t know how to get started? Check out our top tips for cycling to work for the first time.
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