Consumer Watch: Pedal to work, it's National Bike Month


by WHAS11

Posted on May 9, 2013 at 4:53 PM

(WHAS11) -- May is National Bike Month, the perfect chance to shake up your commute and try pedaling to work.

Hopping on the bike is good for your wallet, good for your heart and good for the environment.

Good Morning Kentuckiana’s Andy Treinen has a few more reasons to trade four wheels for two in today's Consumer Watch.

More and more Americans are pedaling to work each morning. The Census Bureau found commuting by bike increased by 47% between 2000 and 2010 and many of the country's biggest cities saw bike commuting double!

If you live a bikable distance from work and there is a safe route, consider foregoing the gas bills, parking fees, traffic and car maintenance costs.

Start with one or two days a week and see how your body and your wallet react.

The League of American Bicyclists estimates bikers in the U.S. saved $4.6 billion last year in commuting costs.

The group says the annual cost of operating a bike is just $308, compared to $8000 for a car.

In large cities, commuters can save up to $200 a month in parking alone by leaving their four wheels at home.

You'll get a cardiovascular workout and just might arrive at work and back home in the evening with a little less stress.

If you need some incentive for your company to encourage green commuting, the league offers this statistic: for the same cost of creating four parking spaces for cars, they could create parking for 75 bikes.

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