Ground Rules of this Experiment:
- Keep track of the miles we bike this month, then figure out how many gallons of gas and how much money we saved at the end of a month by using the average MPG our car gets...which is a sad 20 or so.
- Keep track of how many miles we drive the car this month, and therefore how many gallons of gas we use and how much we spend on gas.
- When can we drive?
- When we're carpooling (e.g., when I have my niece as well as my two kids and I have to drop them all off at different locations and pick them up within too short of a timespan to walk, since I don't have a bike set-up for three kids).
- When it's snowing. That shouldn't be a problem in Oregon at this time of year...but it snowed more last week than it had the whole rest of the winter, so you never know!
- For work--Joel has a couple work-related trips, which won't count toward our total.
- We'll keep track of these as ones that were necessary to drive, but don't count against us.
- Keep each other accountable. By starting this experiment specifically, we're in this together!
- Hopefully this will also make it a lot easier to figure out who gets the car!
We started yesterday, and we did pretty well at first: Joel biked his commute (2.4 miles); I biked the kids over to a babysitter and to my office and back to the babysitter (7 miles). Then Joel and I decided to use a gift card we had to see a movie in another town, so there went that day (33.6 miles)! Gas saved: not quite 1/2 gallon, money saved: around $2. Gas spent: a little over 1.5 gallons, money spent: about $6. Of course, there's also the added benefit of fresh air and exercise, so we saved in that department!
So who wants to join us on this experiment? We can make it a competition! Start today, if you'd like, and go for a month, and let me know how you do after one month.