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Here you will find information on our Tread Lightly Bike Calculator and other items of interest.


Tread Lightly Bike Calculator Assumptions

Fact: 40% of trips by car are within 2 miles from home & 50% of commutes are less than 5 miles. The first two miles while an engine is cold cuts mileage by 40% and depreciates a car more quickly than constant long distance operation.

We know that mileage varies among vehicles, and the price of gas changes almost daily. We tried to hit somewhere in the middle for each. How you drive, what you drive, what you pay for gas, and how much you owe on a car all influence any calculator. However, the greatest factor influencing savings is the value of substituting a short distance trip by car to one by bike.

These are minimal personal financial benefits from cycling. Eliminating a car doubles your savings to about 60 cents per mile. When you add external costs from pollution caused health problems, environmental damage, cost of infrastructure, the cost of oil supply lines borne outside of gas taxes, the cost savings is doubled again. Thus the true cost of fuel based transportation mitigated by substituting cycling, equals at a low end, at least $1.20 per mile! Click for calculator. Click for feedback.


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