Doing the maths

DSC00436 In times when everyone is trying to watch their spending have you considered how much you are saving or could be saving by cycling?

  • There are 22 working days in a month
  • A tube fare in zone 1-2 is £2.20 during peak hours when most people commute to work. The journey there and back is therefore £4.40
  • 22 days multiplied by £4.40 is £96.80
  • If you already cycle then give yourself a big pat on the back and consider not only the health benefits but also the benefits to your wallet. If you don’t cycle then maybe buying a bike doesn’t seem that expensive any more.

    I’m wondering how much you guys are saving by cycling instead of using public transport or going by car. Send in your estimates in the comments

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    2 Responses to Doing the maths

    1. dalla 11/04/2009 at 5:49 pm #

      Unfortunately I don’t save money at all. I cycle to work about twice a week for the exercise, so I still find it cheaper (and quicker) to buy a monthly season ticket on the train than to buy returns on the days I commute by train. If only you could buy discounted books of return train tickets (like they used to do in Paris on the metro), then you would get value every time you cycled. Likewise, people only cycling in the Summer often find they are still better off with an annual season ticket so also don’t save money. Oh, add in having your bike nicked, say, once every two years and it’s quite an expensive hobby. I love it though.

    2. Lolly R 03/06/2009 at 3:59 pm #

      Nah, it’s all good, I’ve got the Ride to Work scheme, great bike for half price, cancelled gym membership (at £66)+ no need for a monthly Oyster (at £115) = getting fit and heathly for free and more money in the bank.

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