This is the first part of a guest post from Paul, an EBR Community Member, who lives in the UK and has struggled with a tough commute using traditional transport options.
Part 1 – The Problem
The price of fuel in the UK is getting ridiclous; as it stands it costs the equivalent of $8 for a gallon of what we call petrol, or gas in the US. Added to that I was finding that my commute was getting longer and longer. Congestion in our rapidly expanding town meant that it was taking me over an hour to travel 12 miles into work. I sat down and did some calculations.
My daily journey involved dropping the kids off in the car, driving to an out of town “park and ride” facility, catching a bus from there into the centre of town and finally walking from the bus stop to work.
Total distance = 12 miles.
Average time = 75 minutes.
Average speed = 9.5 mph.
The cost of the fuel and bus = $6.30, 4 days a week, twice a day.
My commute was clearly costing me dearly in both time and money. Over a year I was spending over $2000 on fuel and bus fares. I was sitting in traffic queues, or standing in bus queues.
But I also noticed, that as a single parent, I was getting no time to exercise, with all my spare time taken looking after my children. Exercise was doubly important for me. Firstly the action had to be taken against the risk of middle aged spread; secondly I needed to exercise my knee after a cartilage operation earlier in the year.
Time for a Solution!
What could I do to reduce my commuting costs and commute time, which would at the same time get me fitter without stressing my left knee too much ?
I decided to investigate electric bikes. Could such a bike solve my problems ? Where I live is very hilly (as it turns out the elevation change from home to work is just under 1000 feet). A bike would have to help me out on the hills, as I could not afford to overstress my knee. It would need to be easily chargeable, with a range long enough to get me at least into work, where I could charge it for the return journey. I decided to have a serious look into it – and that is a story for next time !
To be continued…………..
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