And I want to celebrate my triumph with you all. Over the year, I have battled wind, I have conquered the rain, I have slid around in the snow, I have rang my burger bell at lawless cars and lorries, I have swiped just one wing mirror and I have stayed upright for all my journeys! I have survived a bee flying into my top, tree rubbish going into my eyes and hail battering my face.
I have watched cyclists nearly run over pedestrians, cars nearly run over cyclists and vans nearly crashing into cars! I have had the pleasure of smelling garden flowers, fresh rain, tasty dinners cooking and the rubbish lorry every Thursday driving in front of me. My list can go on and on because the sights and experiences are endless.
So, to celebrate this anniversary, I thought I'd share with you some statistics I found out by using the cycle to work calculator. If you are flailing in you commitment to cycle, then fear not because this calculator will have you hopping on your bike faster than you can top up your Oyster card! It summarises the benefits of your personal bicycle commute. For example, here is what I learnt from my calculation of cycling over the last year:
I have cycled 2600 miles and that's not including evening and weekend leisure cycling!
I have saved a total of 5 days of my life compared to the time spent taking public transport to work.
I have burnt a mega 93,500 calories, that's 374 slices of cake!
And finally, I come to one of the main reasons why I like cycle which is to save my pennies of course! No one wants to spend their hard earned salary on overpriced bus and underground fares. So including the cost of the bicycle and maintenance for all those punctures compared to the cost of getting the tube each day, I have saved a grand total of £1116.00. That's nearly 2 months worth of my rent!
|All was once rosy on my pink 80's pink machine|
|Now suffering a bout of sprocketitis|
How many miles do you think you have clocked up since you started cycling regularly? And how much money do you think you have saved?