one idea i had recently for my sabbatical projects was to design a website with a social component that would allow people to input bike trips they've made and see how much gas, money, and emissions they've saved, as well as add up miles and calories burned. then you could share that info on FB and twitter. there could even be a challenge component to it, allowing friends, groups, or even cities to compete against each other. the point of it is to encourage people to use bikes for various trips (commuting, eating out, small errands, visiting friends) rather than cars.
in lieu of that full-blown project, at least at this early point, i'm going to simply start listing the trips i make and the miles i save. perhaps i'll eventually make the effort to figure up the gas i'd save. we'll see.
16.66 miles to mud pie
4.4 miles to papa keno's
7.88 miles to whole foods
14.22 miles to a lawn place and the jeweler
16.72 miles to mud pie
6.79 miles to mister kidwell's
2.92 miles to office max
23.71 miles to kcai and mildreds coffeeshop
8.9 miles to joslyn's jewelry
7.82 to whole foods
7.75 to whole foods
7.35 to the credit union, target, and filling station with murphy riding the tag-along
19.78 to penn valley community college, kcai, brookside grocery store
6.6 to auto mechanic and back
running total of miles
being conservative, i'll assume i would have driven our more fuel-efficient car, a 2004 pontiac vibe, 4-cylinder automatic, which gets 25 mpg city. that's not even doubling the fuel efficiency of the original model T, which got between 13 and 21 mpg. awesome.
approx gas savings to date
approx $ savings to date