I decided to ride my bike to university. Yes to university… and no, I’m not riding from Qualicum all the way to Royal Roads University in Sooke every day. But what I am doing right now is staying in a Motor Home at a friends house that is about 15 km away from Royal Roads up a little mountain (haha, funny, I’m up yet another Little Mountain…)
I decided to take this journey as I am keen to master my own art of being more environmentally conscious. I also wanted a better work out, and hope to keep riding my bike to work when I return in a week.
I thought I would share some of my findings.
My little VW Golf gets around 24 miles to the gallon. This means that for every mile I drive, that is 1.6094 kms. If the distance I would be driving is 15 km each way, and the gas emissions that my car puts out is 370 grams per mile… then daily I save the planet from (15×2=30 x1.6094=48.382 x 370=17864) 17864grams per mile of Greenhouse Gas emissions every time I ride my bike.
I have ridden my bike 3.5 times so far… I am feeling good! I want to do more, and look forward to the physical rewards too!
What do you think of my calculations, are they right? Do they make sense? What are you doing about emissions?
based on this website: http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/Find.do?action=sbs&id=14267