Wednesday, August 11, 2010

economics of biking in the 'Burgh has an interesting look at the economics of biking specifically in the 'Burgh:


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nine years ago I started working at Pitt and got rid of my second car. Now I bike, walk or take the bus for free. I calculate that I save about $4,000 a year by not having a second car, so I think the Wired author's estimate is low.

Total Cost for a year (240 day work year): $2,844

He doesn't figure in maintenance and repairs, and the car doesn't just go away on non-work days, unlike the bus, for instance, which you don't pay for when you don't use it.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010 8:56:00 AM  
Anonymous MH said...

If you wanted do this more scientifically, you'd want not just the average commute time, but also the variance. On my commute, the bus is nearly as fast as driving, except when it doesn't show-up. Traffic problems slow buses more than cars because they can't vary the route and because every bus on the East End (except those that end in '4') has to pass through downtown for the 2% of the riders who don't get out in Oakland.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010 9:54:00 AM  
Anonymous BrianTH said...

Of course dedicated bus ROWs, particularly when grade-separated as with the Busways, can significantly lower the variance.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010 1:32:00 PM  

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