If you’re one of the many Portlanders who commutes by car, you know it can get expensive. The total amount you spend annually, however, might surprise you because the cost is spread out over time. The IRS figures it costs you $0.58 per mile to drive that Subaru Forester in 2019. That means your six mile commute to and from work, a 12 mile round trip, costs $6.96 per day, $34.80 per week, and $1,809.60 annually.
Gas, oil, maintenance, tires, insurance, parking, registration, and the healthcare cost of a sedentary lifestyle are all expenses associated with driving a car, but it’s not just costing you money—it’s costing you time. Then there’s the environmental cost of driving: the carbon output from fuel, infrastructure, maintenance, manufacture, and operation, and the impact it has on public health and safety.
Would you consider changing vehicles if you could save money, improve your health and fitness, and spend more time outdoors? We used this nifty tool to calculate how much it would cost to commute the same 12 miles per day on a Tern Vektron S10 electric folding bike, which gets 62 miles on a full charge. Remember the 58 cent mileage rate for using your car? The Tern Vektron S10 costs just 10 cents per mile. On a Tern Vektron, your 12 mile commute costs $1.20 per day, $6.00 per week, and $312 annually (a savings of $1,497.60 per year). Riding the electric bike just two days a week could save you $599.04 per year.
If you dislike idling in traffic or want to be consistently on time for work, consider cycling. As a car driver, when you encounter road repair, accidents and breakdowns, there’s little you can do but wait it out. Cyclists rarely have to think about those things—even less if they commute on a multi-use trail like the Springwater Corridor or the I-205 path. Sure, you can sustain a flat, but even that’s a pretty simple repair, and fixable on the go. When you bike to work, your trip time is consistent.
Do you like getting two things done at once? When you commute by bike you don’t have to set aside time to work out before your 9 to 5 or after you get home. You can get your daily workout while you commute by riding home at a faster pace. You get mood-lifting, muscle-building, low-impact cardio, and you don’t have to worry about getting sweaty because you can shower at home. Commuting by car, on the other hand, reduces the amount of physical activity you get. There are mental health benefits of physical exercise too, including stress relief. Switching from a sedentary commute to an active one could be a cost effective way to improve your overall health and quality of life.
The online tool confirmed what Clever Cycles already knew: cycling to work saves money. They’ve experienced it firsthand, and they hear it from our customers, family, and friends. E-bikes like the Tern Vektron can save you money and reduce the not-so-obvious costs like healthcare and stress on the environment. There’s never been a better time to invest in a simpler, more cost-effective, commute-improving mode of transportation because Clever Cylces is offering $100 off e-bikes!