Walk, Bike or Drive – Which Works for You?

By on June 4, 2015
walk, bike or drive

Walk, Bike or Drive – Which Works for You?

walk, bike or drive

The cost of gas has caused plenty of families to rethink how much they use their car to get around. Work, chores and heading into town for an evening of entertainment all add up when gas prices mount. Even when the price of gas goes down, the side benefits of getting out of your car and walking or biking to your destination is obvious. Heck, do enough biking and walking and you can maybe even rethink that gym membership as well. The downside is how long it can take to get to your destination, but for shorter trips the choices become more obvious. So whether you walk, bike or drive, there are always options that make sense for both your well being and your wallet.

Walk, Bike or Drive – A Cost Calculator

While I may try to walk and bike as much as possible because of health reasons, for most families the real crunch comes down to cost. Is it really that much cheaper to bike and walk instead of driving everywhere? Luckily there are other folks out there who have done the hard work of coming up with a calculator that looks at the cost of biking versus the cost of using your car. This bike vs car calculator is a handy tool for looking at what make the most sense for you and your family. While we can’t all forgo using the car completely, cutting down from two cars to one car can make a big difference to the budget.

Calculating Use for Walking, Biking or Driving

Sometimes the way to compare is more about how often you plan to use your car. For people like me who live in urban environments it is easy to use public transit, walk or bike to just about everywhere I want to go. If you live in the suburbs you may find that some trips require a car while others can be done with a bike or by walking. A recent article on Simple Dollar that looks at use as well as strictly cost is not as simple a calculation, but I think it might be more practical for someone simply looking to reduce the amount of driving they do each week.

A Personal Choice to Walk, Bike or Drive

It really does in the end come down to some personal choices. For me, the release from the stress of driving is worth the extra time and planning it takes to use other options of transportation. For a family it may come down to reducing the cost of a second vehicle to pay for the annual vacation. Whatever your reason, it is worth taking the time to calculate what combination works for you when you chose to walk, bike or drive to your weekly destinations.