Today marks the first day of 2010 bicycling commuting for me. But before I list the stats of the ride in this morning I would like to post my 2009 results and some other thoughts.
In 2009 I commuted 16.5 days.
The average commute distance was 14.12 miles averaging 18.55 mph.
The total mileage was 465.99 miles. Burning 25,857 calories.
I figure my car gets about 30mpg. So commuting by bike saved me from using 15.5 gallons of gasoline for a financial savings of about $42
CO2 emissions from a gallon of gasoline = 2,421 grams x 0.99 x (44/12) = 8,788 grams = 8.8 kg/gallon = 19.4 pounds/gallon Source: EPA
By cycling to work last year I kept 19.4x15.5= 300.7 pounds of CO2 out of the atmosphere.
There are approximately 3,500 calories in a pounds.
By cycling to work last year I lost 25,857/3500= 7.39 pounds from just the commuting.
Pretty amazing stuff once I break it all down like that. And dont forget the other benefits that cant be calculated like stress reduction, fitness and straight out enjoyment. I also didnt need a gym membership.
For 2010 my goal is to beat the previous year and considering that I am starting a month earlier than last year, I am on track to do it.
Todays stats for the ride in: 14.18miles at 15.9mph. Slow in comparision, but the season is just getting started for me. I should be back to my usual speeds and times in a month or so.