The recaps won’t be the most interesting/thoughtful posts, but I think it’s important for us to record how the month went.
We parked the car at the beginning of May, and rode our bikes or walked for nearly all of our needs. We did have one day of bus/streetcar riding and one day that my dad brought Annika home from school. We did not rent or borrow a car all month (June is another story). The total spent on transit was $8 and we bought my dad a beer, so that was another $4.
We also spent very little money on bike maintenance or equipment. Two tubes and one patch kit were purchased for a total of about $12. Gunnar upgraded his tires on his bike, which was $36. His bike is a vintage Peugeot that was a gift from my uncle that he has been slowly upgrading. He works at a bike shop, so he gets a discount on parts and can do the work himself. We also purchased new lights for his bike at a cost of $25. Both of those purchases would have happened anyway, since he has been using his bike for primary transportation for the last several months. Even with including those in our cost comparison, we spent $85 on bike/transit costs vs. the $150 target for gas and insurance. If we separate out the tires/lights, then only $25 was spent.
We had no accidents or falls. Everyone was pretty enthusiastic about the project and kept up our spirits even during that super rainy week. Annika would like to write a post about how all of this is going from her perspective. I’m dreading reading that one a bit – she may be bursting my bubble, as she likes to do.
I think I’m going to figure out a way to show the costs and savings each month – segregating equipment upgrades vs. maintenance costs. I also will apply the cost of rental cars to what it would have cost us to fix the car, so we can see how long it would take us to spend the equivalent amount of money by renting cars when we need to. I’ll put it all in chart/graph form, since I’m a chart geek. Would that be helpful for anyone besides me?
June is going to be a much more expensive month – we’re purchasing a new-to-us bike and have 2 trips scheduled for the month that require car rentals. However, I think the biking itself is going to be a lot easier and more enjoyable. The weather is beautiful for the next week or two (and hopefully we’ll skip the usual yucky June gloom) and school ends next week, which really frees up our schedule. I’m going to have to figure out how to get enough riding in to make up for that 7 miles I was getting in most days. For me, this is as much about my health and fitness as it is about my budget.
Overall, I’m declaring the first month a big success. Onward to the rest of June!