Well, better late than never – here are the results from my little “experiment” last week.
Day 1: Ride to and from work via bicycle (the road bike).
Total Distance: 26.3 miles
Total Time: 1:57:33
Average Speed: 13.4mph
Calories Burned: 982
Money Spent: $0 (yay for free bike parking at work)
Day 2: Drive to and from work … yes … I had my heart rate monitor on and the GPS running in the cup-holder next to my coffee
Total Distance: 25.05 miles
Total Time: 1:25:56
Calories Burned: 171
Average Speed: 16.9 mph
Money Spent: $4 parking; estimate about $4.60 in gas (25 miles ~ my car gets about 19 mi/gallon and with gas costing about $3.50/gallon = $4.60 to go 25 miles) for a grand total of $8.60
Winner: Going By Bike (as if there was even contention for the car…)
Not so surprisingly – I burned more calories riding to work as opposed to driving. A lot more. Almost six times more. What is a little interesting – is that while riding my bike was about 1.25 miles farther than driving – it was still only 32 minutes faster going by car versus going by bike. And sure, half an hour can be a lot of time – when you’re going by bike you’re doing double duty and commuting and getting a work-out in. However – you take that to a round-trip commute, and it’s only 15-minutes faster by car each way. Plus – when you look at it – my average speed on the bike wasn’t that much slower than my average speed in the car (3.5mph faster in the car). When you see it by the numbers – and in terms of being healthy (burning calories) and saving money (almost $9/day!) going by bike is the way to go!