6/19/2008

Save Gas By Walking or Riding Your Bike

By Laura Moncur @ 5:00 am — Filed under:

Becoming stay-at-homes by cjanebuy from FlickrWith gas prices approaching five dollars a gallon, it’s in your best interest to combine your workout with your errands. You’ll save gasoline, money, and time. Instead of driving to the gym to workout on the treadmill, you could walk to the grocery store for groceries. You’ll get your shopping AND your workout done in the time you would have spent working out.

I’ve talked about this before and how to do it:

In that entry, I recommended a circle with a radius of 1.5 miles. If you are riding your bike, however, you can increase that radius to 3 miles and still be able to get your workout done in an hour.

Create a walking map from Flickr

Once you have the circle on your map, find all the places within that area that you regularly go to. Instead of grabbing dinner at the restaurant and bringing it home, have the whole family walk to the restaurant. Instead of going for a drive to get out of the house, jump on your bike and see how far you can explore in an hour. With the economy the way it is, finding alternate ways of getting around is a good practice.

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5 Responses to “Save Gas By Walking or Riding Your Bike”

  1. Elaine Says:

    The Clif 2 Mile Challenge and Walk Score websites might be helpful as well.

    Clif’s will draw a 2-mile radius, and both sites show nearby stuff, with more or less accuracy. The schools listing on Walk Score for my address is hilariously useless, but otherwise their info isn’t too bad.

    I do wish they took topography into account, although I know that’s insanely difficult. Downtown Olympia is a valley between 2 hills, and I live on the top of one side. Going downtown & back is a heck of a lot more challenging than going away from downtown along the relatively flat plateau.

  2. Laura Moncur Says:

    Elaine,

    The biggest problem I had with both of those sites is that unless you type your address EXACTLY the way THEY have it, it won’t be able to find your house.

    Laura

  3. Jazzy Says:

    Seriously awesome advice!

  4. iportion Says:

    I walk to get groceries

  5. Adria Sha Says:

    I think this is a great idea. Where I live the only things within walking distance are the gas station and the elementary school.

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