As tomorrow is my day off I’ve just been calculating my travel expenses for November.
- 4 car journeys (none possible by bike due to volume of stuff) total 229.8 miles at 45p per mile = £103.41
- 52 journeys by bike total 336.96 miles at 20p per mile = £67.39
Savings from cycling:
- cycling 336.96 directly saved the Church £84.24 this month.
- cycling also saved me money as 45p per mile does not cover the full cost of buying and running a car when you don’t use it much for work. On the other hand 20p per mile is far more than the running cost of a bike (around 1 or 2 pence per mile) so contributes towards the purchase price. If this were annually then it would be about £725 a year above the running cost or a £1,500 bike every 2 years. It does make a very expensive Bike for Life look like good value though. The full cost of even a £5,000 bike is earned in around 3.5 years. Mine is now 3 years old and good for another 30 years which makes it an excellent bargain 🙂
- It also used around 12,000 calories (around 15 full roast dinners) which is very approximately 1.5kg (3lbs) of body fat. Those figures are very rough indeed, however, it is undeniable that cycling 336 miles in a month does help with my weight management and general fitness.
- It also saved in the region of 130kg of CO2 emissions.
Disclaimer: the cycling figure contains 2 adjustments. One a reduction as I chose to take a longer route to Market Harborough for fun. The other an increase as once due to tiredness Jane came and collected me by car and I have only charged as if I had cycled home.
So far this month 393 actual miles cycled in total which means I haven’t done as much leisure cycling as normal. Still a better month for work miles so it balances out.