2019 was my best cycling year. I cycled a total of 2,518 miles. 1,726 were commuting miles. Since I started cycling to work, I have enjoyed my commute and have seen the many benefits from it. Today, I want to show you how much money I saved by cycling to work.
Here’s a handy chart of how many Commutes and Miles I cycled in 2019:
As you can see, the first two months of the year were not big cycling months, largely due to winter weather. There were days that were too cold for me to ride and others where rain or snow made riding too difficult (or uncomfortable).
My cycling commutes picked up in March, reached the heavy riding season in April, and stretched all the way until October. November wasn’t too bad, but after Thanksgiving, there were 0 commute miles for the remainder of the year. A lot of it had to do with me taking time off from work during the holidays. That said, I still managed to commute by bike every month except for December.
A Penny Saved is a Penny Earned
Let’s compute how much money I saved in 2019 by cycling to work. For context, the average New York City commute (round trip) is $5.50. I’m no mathematician, but this math is not too complicated even for the a layman like me.
So how much money did I save?
$528 is not too bad. The way I see it, it’s like someone walking over to me and putting 5 Benjamins, 1 Jackson, 1 Abe Lincoln and 3 Washingtons in my pocket. It wasn’t there before, but now… here they are.
I realize that in 2020 it’s not the type of money that is going to inspire early retirement. However, it is an example of how much money you can save by doing something that is healthy and fun. It also saves me time, which is something you can’t put a price on.
I Can Do Better
This year, I’m aiming to save at least $600 by commuting to work. This means being more involved in cycling and hoping that the weather cooperates so that I can ride even more.