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Old 07-28-06, 03:47 PM   #1
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Today, I hit my goal (95%)

When I started commuting full time back in April, I set what I thought was a realistic goal of commuting to work 95% by bicycle. With my ride home today, I hit will reach 95%. What better day than Friday to cover my inner child in suds?

I keep a spreadsheet on my phone to track my work trips. I don't count neighborhood trips for haircuts, groceries, fun, or weekend distance rides. That's just too much work.

My original goal was to maintain 95% through October, but I've already made up my mind, bike, and clothing to go through the winter. Maybe I'll never have to "start up" again.

I can't attach the spreadsheet, but here are the highlights:
Avg weekly miles 94.875
Avg gas price $3.06
Avg weekly est gas savings $13.06 (based on 1996 Honda Accord I sold)
Total est gas savings $210.87
Total miles 1518

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Old 07-28-06, 04:32 PM   #2
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That is great!!! I think you have harsher winters than we do here in Boise but I completed my first year round this winter (I doubt I made 95%, however, due to the birth of my son and accompanying . It really was not so bad as long as I was prepared for the weather and allowed myself to slow down 3-4 mph. Slowing down made a big difference in the enjoyment factor and only cost me 4-5 minutes each way over 9 miles.
Way to go!!!
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Old 07-28-06, 04:53 PM   #3
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I would like to do 95% BUT that means 37 miles in West Michigan snows last year when I had to go to this campus I got rides from people only couple times did I play in the snow with the bike any tips?
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Very Nice, Now if you can just cut it down a little more.

I do 5 days a week for the last 6 months. with a 35 mile a day commute. Thats 97.81% Would Have been 100% if not for a storm that movied through my town, and took 3 days to do so.
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Old 07-28-06, 07:27 PM   #5
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Interesting, I should keep something like that myself....good 'evidence' to give to the wife when I want to spend the money to upgrade my bike
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Old 07-28-06, 09:55 PM   #6
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Congrats! Although I'm not sure if you mean you're going to celebrate by drinking lots of beer, or taking a bubble bath! What the heck - do both!!

If you're interested, I have a calculator at my OPAC site (go there to see what it means) that can calculate all this for you, plus your CO2 emissions saved.

I think going all winter is a worthy and natural next goal for you. I never actually set that as a goal, I just figured I'd ride until I felt I couldn't any more, then I handled each challenge as it came and before I new it, it was spring! That was good for a few years, but as of last December, I've achieved my biggest goal yet, which was getting rid of my car! (We still have one for the family, but I never use it during the week.)
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Old 07-29-06, 08:38 AM   #7
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Beer, lots of beer. Wisconsin is a great place for beer!

95% was just a number to be able to easily explain how much I ride. I'm not car-free, and I'm not an occasional rider. I expect this % to increase, but the number was always just a way to qualify "a lot".
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Go for 100! Why not?
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sniff ... sometimes it is not possible ... 95% is more than respectable
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