Beating the system - the cycling commuting section
Ive still got my car... well 2 actually! I picked up my mates AU falcon wagon dirt cheap when he got sent overseas for work, so it gets used every now and then during the week and to transport the bikes to races etc on weekends. For the practically negligable outlay and the relatively low running costs (do all servicing myself) its well worth it.
Theres also the fun car that comes out maybe once or twice a month for weekend cruises or trackdays. Its also well worth the annual rego and insurance costs for those infrequent blasts
I do all my weekly commuting on the bike.
Ah, a little bit further from Preston... but still within easy riding distance of any number of cars whenever you need them.
I was just off Separation St, near Northcote Station.
That's when you can feel quite justified in using one of those other rent-a-cars... the yellow ones that come with a driver.
Or, if you really CBF leaving home, supermarkets do deliveries, for a relatively trivial fee (in the context of car ownership costs).
As in my post above... just rego and insurance adds up to $20/week. So, one car rental day and $20 worth of taxis every month, and you're still ahead.
Yes good point.
I'm already ahead anyway by not using my car. I think I filled up the tank about 3 months ago. It cost $40 or so, which wasn't a big deal. But now that I don't ever dip into my wallet for petrol, it seems outrageous that I ever did. These costs become habitual more than anything.
Not the biggest fan of taxis, but I guess its a ride, its relatively cheap and there's absolutely no ongoing costs!
Alternatively, I could start a Melbourne Commuter Cyclist Soup Making Collective For Commuter Cyclists Who Might be Feeling Under-the-Weather. Who's in?
We went all in when we moved to Singapore in December. The thought of not having a car disturbed my wife until we looked at car prices here. We deliberately chose to live near a bus route, and there plenty of those. With a bit of careful planning you can get anywhere on the island by public transport. It just takes a lot more time but probably costs less than $3. However if you can find an available taxi they are cheap - I live roughly the same distance here to the city as I did at home in Sydney. The trip here is under $20 while at home it is more than $50.
I quit my job that supplied a company ute 2yrs ago and I thought I'll just see how I go without a car and its been great. I hire a car if I have relies coming up otherwise a taxi on the odd occasion. Public transport here is pretty poor. I have trailer I tow for shopping etc. townsville is flat and fairly small and summer rain cools you down. A freind visited recently and wanted to drive down to the beach for a coffee, it seemed ridiculous to go a short way in a car, I'm so used to just jumping on the bike.
I commute to work (56k round trip) 4 days per week.. (in all types of weather) when I drop my son to kindy I leave the car at kindy and ride to work (40k round trip) - free parking!!!! this week my hamstring was playing up so I donned the Actionman outfit and rode the bus to work.... found myself peering out the window of the bus missing the ride to work... yep it's all about the BIKE!!!
nice ride on Canberra's wet roads
Well.. after 6 years of being essentially car-free (I bought a Suzuki Jimny to use for 2 weeks while on holidays and then sold it) I am finally going back to the darkside.
Just bought a Long Wheel Base Mitsubishi Delica 4x4 van which is a monster of a thing. 14L/100km, maybe 12/100 if I go really easy on the highway and have a tailwind.
It's only going to be used every few weeks for camping trips though, so I'll still be riding to work every day of the week, rain hail or shine. It's just way too massive, thirsty and expensive to maintain to use any more than that right now.
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Not quite all in, but we went from 2 cars to 1 in November when we moved to Australia and haven't looked back. We've gone from racking up 1000-1200km per week between two cars to under 1000km per month in one.
I've really enjoyed getting back into cycling to work, Perth's excellent climate and public transport (compared to the UK) has helped, as I can easily get the train if necessary, my kids walk to school and we only really use the car at weekends.
All in all it's been a very positive experience. We've saved heaps on fuel, tyres and maintenance. I'm now the same weight as I was when I was 18 and am fitter than I have been in years. The only downside has been that many of my clothes now no longer fit!
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