People Say I Get A Lot Done…

Written by Boston Biker on Feb 16

Maybe its because I got rid of my car a couple of years ago.

“The typical American devotes more than 1500 hours a year (which is 30 hours a week, or 4 hours a day, including Sundays) to his/her car. This includes the time spent behind the wheel, both in motion and stopped, the hours of work to pay for it and to pay for gas, tires, tolls, insurance, tickets, and taxes. Thus it takes this American 1500 hours to go 6000 miles (in the course of a year). Three and a half miles take him/her one hour. In countries that do not have a transportation industry, people travel at exactly this speed on foot, with the added advantage that they can go wherever they want and aren’t restricted to asphalt roads.” -The Social Ideology of the Motorcar, André Gorz

If you are spending that much time with something it better be one of the following, fun, sexy, or lucrative. Sadly for most people cars or none of the above. Via livable streets.


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5 Responses to “People Say I Get A Lot Done…”

  1. By William Furr on Feb 16, 2012 | Reply

    That’s an amazing figure.

    I’ve just started riding 8.5 miles each way (quite a change from my 3 miles each way before), and I’m not really losing much time out of my day compared to before.

    I don’t know that I’d say I get a lot done, though. I have a hard time being motivated to do much when I get home at night.

  2. By Weather Guy on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Part of the biking learning curve is knowing how much more you have to eat to replace those calories. You are burning roughly 450 calories (around 50 calories per mile) on your ride! That is around 20-25% more than your sedentary diet.

    Umm, 6000 miles / 1500 hours = 4 miles / hour. Still walking pace, just a brisker walk. (I remember being able to outpace the crosstown bus on foot in New York. Many of those buses average about 4 miles per hour.)

  3. By Erik on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    They should just eliminate that 57th Street crosstown (M57, I assume) during peak hours and replace it with signs that say “just walk.” My GOD was that slow.

  4. By Bikeyface on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    no car + no gym = time to make a fun blog & more money to buy chocolate

  5. By Weather Guy on Feb 22, 2012 | Reply

    Sadly, that’s a problem with all the crosstown buses. I remember on different occasions outpacing the 96th Street, 86th street, and 79th Street buses (who knows, I could have done it all at once!). I think the midtown buses might move faster, even.

    I think 34th street is getting a totally dedicated “busway” separate from the other traffic, so it will be interesting to see how that speeds things up.

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