You Can’t Make This Stuff Up

From the comments:

I did ride my bike to the gym this morning and thus only did 5 minutes on the treadmill to warm up before lifting! If I’d driven, I’d have jogged for 10 minutes.

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5 Responses to “You Can’t Make This Stuff Up”

  1. Josh Says:

    Sounds good to me! You do realize that riding a bike isn’t the same thing as lifting weights, right? All the functions of a gym cannot be replicated by our transportation system.

  2. Brian Ogilvie Says:

    Um, Josh, the comment was about riding the bike more and *jogging* less, not lifting less. It’s true that running is less efficient than cycling, but still, unless the commenter’s gym is a short ride from home, he or she must have gotten a better aerobic workout (or warmup) from cycling + 5 minutes on the treadmill than from driving + 10 minutes on the treadmill.

  3. That Girl Says:

    I really enjoyed your series on Walking in Slate. I wish I lived in an area where I could walk more than I do but that will have to wait a few years. I walk and bike a lot more than others I know and people think it’s weird – I once was pulling my children in a wagon to go shopping and visiting and someone stopped to offer me money because they thought I was poor/homeless. Why else would I be walking?
    I tried the Walk Score but I will have to wait for version 2 because even though it gave my home a 63 it is actually way less than that – there is a 20 minute, no-sidewalk detour to the area that is “across the street”. I live in a nice area but two blocks away begins the #1 poorest city in America and it’s worth your life to go there. I work in the hospital there too so even though it’s a 5 minute bikeride I drive (I’ve been ramdonly pulled out of my car and beaten at a light so even driving has a downside). So I’m thinking my real-life walk score is much lower.
    Before I was a nurse I worked for the DOT and I never considered (nor did anyone ever talk about) pedestrians other than as victims.
    Thanks for the insight!

  4. George Says:

    Short trips by car are the hardest on a cars engine and exhaust. Trips under three miles don’t allow time for the car to warm up.

    I remember seeing a study about the cost per mile of a car trip.
    I believe it was somewhere around $.50/mile.
    Cost, maintenance, licencing and fuel.


  5. Scott Says:

    The IRS lets you get reimbursed about $.50 per mile when you use your car for business purposes so that figure is probably fairly accurate.

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