Friday, May 22, 2009

Bike to Work Week complete

Well, my Bike to Work Week is complete, having ridden 4 out of 5 work days, covering 158.8 miles total just from my commuting. I figure I saved 9.9 gallons of gas not having driven my truck those 4 days. That is 9.9 gallons of gas not burned which means 188.6 lbs of carbon dioxide not released into the air.

I'd like to personally prevent releasing a ton of CO2 into the atmosphere this year by commuting which will mean 44 more days of riding my bike to work. That's a little over 1700 miles, which, added to my current 1218 miles accumulated since Jan. 1 will pretty much meet my goal of 3000 miles for the year. That doesn't include other rides in the evenings or on weekends, since I'm not substituting miles driven. So, if I can prevent releasing a ton of CO2 into the air from commuting alone this year, I will very easily smash my goal of 3000 miles for 2009.

I've already ridden to work several times this year, but no more than twice in one week. I won't count those trips. My next goal is commuting 5 days in one week. That won't happen for at least two weeks, since next week is only a 3 day week for me. Alex and I are going to Wisconsin to go biking on some of the rail-trails there next Friday and Saturday.


Philip said...

If everybody was like you, the effects of global warming would be massively reduced and we would all be fitter. Great going, i think you will break 4,000 miles.....its a good goal

Big Oak said...

Thanks for the motivation, Philip. I don't weigh myself as much as I probably should, but I did notice I lost 3 lbs this week.

Rat Trap Press said...

What trails are you going to ride in Wisconsin? Sounds interesting. I'm looking forward to seeing some photos.

Big Oak said...

We're going to ride the Sugar River State Park Trail south of Madison. I'll be sure to take plenty of photos and put on my blog.