So I decided to do a commute challenge: going to the studio by bicycle vs. van.
Since I have to park the van a few blocks from my house, that course include a walk. The two courses are different because the bike route is more direct, but laden with full-stop intersections, and has more traffic lights. You see bikes are able to go through these intersections. The van route may sometimes include a Wawa convenience store pit-stop, but for the challenge, I went purely transportation commute. Neither trip was favored, I didn’t sprint on the bike, sandbag the van or bias the runs in any way whatsoever.
Here are the results!
TIME – Bike = 16:39 ; Van = 21:22
BIKE BEATS VAN by 4:43, or 22% faster than Van.
AVG SPEED (including stops) – Bike = 12.8 mph ; Van = 11.0 mph.
BIKE WINS AGAIN by about 10%. The walk really hurts the Van commute speed.
AVG MOVING SPEED – Bike = 13.5 mph ; Van 13.9 mph
BIKE GETS BEAT by only 0.4 mph. Really?!?!!
MAX SPEED – Bike = 22.2 mph ; Van 43 mph.
VAN WINS. it’d better.
FUN FACTOR – Bike = 45 rdz ; Van 29 rdz
BIKE WINS. Measured in ringa-ding-zingahs. For the record, the van is fun to drive, but nothing beats a bicycle. That’s a rule.
COST – Bike = $0.76 ; Van $2.75
BIKE WINS. After bike material costs, build costs, components, clothing and assuming it has a useful life of about 1,500 miles/yr for 10 years (I’ll keep it forever, but just for argument’s sake), we’re at about $0.2133 per mile. Although I didn’t calc actual costs for the Van, I’ve done plenty for other vehicles (really awesome spreadsheets I made) I can say it’d be around $0.70 per mile.