Monday, May 19, 2008

We Are Number 3

Maybe I Should Actually Bike Somewhere

On Saturday's I bike with friends. We usually do something in the 30-50 mile range. Depending on the time of year I bike anywhere from 0-5 times during the week also. (zero times right now) We bike on nice and quiet country roads.

But after reading the latest report from Forbes magazine on the costs of commuting, maybe I should just bike to work the 3 days I go into the office. It's only 13 miles each way so the distance is doable. I would save on gas and wear and tear on the car, plus I'd get my exercise in at the same time.

Other than the first few miles and the last few miles each way being a death-trap, there is no reason not to do it. I would have to up my life insurance so they would be some added cost but term insurance is much cheapere than gasoline.

In the DC Metro Area, commuters spend $12.64 per day on average for their commute.

Here are the top 10 on the Forbes list:

1. Riverside-San Bernardino, Calif.
2. Atlanta
3. D.C. Metro area
4. Miami
5. Chicago
6. Birmingham, Ala.
7. Los Angeles
8. Raleigh, N.C.
9. Houston
10. Sacramento

The list may already be outdated. When Forbes did the study, the average cost for a gallon of gas in the D.C. area was $3.72. The average last week was $3.80.


Rachel said...

Tell Sam that being a Deacon doesn't necessarily mean you can't remarry. A man can if he gets permission from the Pope. The speaker at the lunch talked about a guy, in our Archdiocese of Atlanta, with many young children, who was given a dispensation to marry, by the Pope, even though he was a Deacon.

So Sam would have to kick the bucket after your youngest is probably past 10. ;-)

In our case, our middle son has manic-depression (yeah...he is BOATLOADS of fun!) so my Robert isn't worried about not being able to remarry, because any woman might be too afraid. Most likely, mothering Ben is what would kill me anyway. So, I don't know why someone would want to take my place! LOL!

Rachel said...

Oh, and we are #2. And we are drowning in gas prices.