Monday, February 23, 2009

THE BEST WAY

Unless you live close enough to be able to walk to work, or the grocery store for example, everyone needs to budget money to get around. There are different ways of getting around over the course of 12 months. You can drive, take public transit, ride a bicycle or combine a few of these methods. In this post, we're gonna break down some of the costs for each method.

CAR
Maintenance & Repairs = $1200
Insurance = $1500
Gas = $2500
Parking = $3000
TOTAL = $7900

vs.

PUBLIC TRANSIT
$109 monthly pass x 12 months = $1308

vs.

BIKE
Bicycle = $600 (entry level is about $300, so lets get you a nicer one!)
Helmet = $50
Lights = $25
Fenders = $50
Lock = $70
Yearly maintenance = $100
TOTAL = $895

As you can see, the bicycle clearly wins. And remember this is based on a brand new bike EVERY year. Clearly you do not need a new bike every year so your costs for year 2, 3, 4, etc will only be a couple hundred dollars per year in maintenance and parts. Also too, if you are someone who spends money on the gym or other fitness activities, bike commuting will take care of your daily exercise - just by getting yourself to work!

So, there you go: A car is a way, transit is the better way, but the best way is and always will be the bicycle.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Eugene Yao, 1946-2008

It's been a year already and we still dearly miss our founder, Eugene. His hard work, honesty, and willingness to help all was an inspiration to us. If you would like to share any stories or memories, please do so.





Saturday, February 07, 2009

Let's Go Dutch!


If you're not familiar with Spacing magazine you should make it a habit to check out their blog. They have great coverage of urban issues and a real passion for our city, and cities in general. A couple of weeks ago they had a great post about cycling infrastructure in the Netherlands. Inspiring stuff.