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Old 06-29-07, 11:14 AM   #1
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Commuting paid for my bike

Today is my 257th day of commuting to work on the bike. I missed two days in the past 16 months -- once when I had to pick up a large object at lunch, and once when I was injured. As part of our county's RideShare program, I get $2 / day for not driving. This means that, as of this month, the bike is completely paid for with RideShare money! On top of the financial benefits -- which far exceed the $2 / day -- I'm healthier, my blood pressure is lower and I'm more relaxed than ever. I've got to tip my hat to BikeForums for a good chunk of the inspiration.

Of course, you've also inspired me to accessorize, for which my wife doesn't thank you -- the Brooks saddle, new wheels, new tires, packs, pedals and shoes. What's next, a second bike? Oh wait, that's in the works too.... Better keep riding!
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Old 06-29-07, 11:30 AM   #2
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Congrats! It's good to hear that there are counties out there that take a sensible approach to commuting. Now, how long before the RideShare program covers the cost of your accessories?
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Old 06-29-07, 11:31 AM   #3
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Free bike!

Excellent. We need this program in Sacto.
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Old 06-29-07, 11:39 AM   #4
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Free bike!

Excellent. We need this program in Sacto.
I should have thought of linking to the information about the program. Here it is:
Riverside County RideShare

I actually signed up through my employer and they just give me cash to ride -- I think they have an arrangement with the county or something like that. It's a great program! It'll be a while before all the accessorizing is paid for though, but oh well Gives me all the more incentive to keep riding.
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Old 06-29-07, 12:22 PM   #5
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Congratulations! That's wonderful.

The co. I do work for a vendor (contractor, supplier, whatever they're calling it these day!) has a pretty cool incentive program with monthly drawings for employees who use alternate transportation. Unfortunately, I'm not eligible.

That's all right, I'm still appreciating their locker room, showers, and indoor bike closet!
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*high five* The gas savings alone have probably paid for a nice vacation.
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Old 06-29-07, 01:22 PM   #7
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*high five* The gas savings alone have probably paid for a nice vacation.
yeah I was going to say the gas savings alone probably paid for his bike and all his gear.

To make money on top of that savings... very nice
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It says "Up to $2 per day for each day you rideshare to work in a three month period." Does it mean it is only valid for 3 months? Or it can keep on going.
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It says "Up to $2 per day for each day you rideshare to work in a three month period." Does it mean it is only valid for 3 months? Or it can keep on going.
From my employer's perspective, they keep paying it. I think if you sign up directly with the county they monitor it differently than if you sign up with your employer. My employer has me fill out a sheet every month and submit it, then they pay out cash. They used to have their own program where they'd buy you a bike if you rode for a year -- but they discontinued that

The City of Riverside has an aggressive green program -- which is impressive for a city of 300,000 people. I'm hoping that they start developing their own alternative transportation incentives too -- it's in their general plan to encourage development with an eye toward public transit and bicycling. The University of California, Riverside offers an alternative transportation parking permit -- basically, you can use it something like 30 times per academic year (as I recall, but it's been a while since I was there). They give it to people who typically bike to work / school there, so it amounts to occasional free parking in trade for biking. I'm very happy with the direction that the city government is going

About gas savings: I figure I was spending about $36 / month on gas when I drove to work. Since I basically completely stopped driving, I sold the car (Jeep), bought a less expensize little utility pickup truck (S-10), and told my insurance company that I no longer drive to work. My insurance dropped by $40 / month. With the average $40 / month from the RideShare too, I'm about $116 / month ahead -- and we haven't even counted vehicle maintenance yet! Then toss in the health benefits mentioned before. It's win win win win win win win for everyone.
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Good job! Now it's time to buy a new bike.
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That is so nice. I wish my city can do something like that. I just shed $450 for a new bike and my wife wasn't too happy with my "lavish" expenditure. My daily commute is not far enough and the gas price isn't high enough to allow me to spin this "bike commuting pays the bike" story.
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You can add in tire and maintenance. I figured that my commute in car (32 mile r/t) is about $6 in (premium) gas and $~2 in tires and maintenance. Although if you end up putting few miles on the car, you may need to change the fluids on the time schedule instead of mileage - 2 year old oil is not so good, and brake fluid and coolant are often changed by years, not mileage.
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