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June 19, 2008

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This hasn't meant many changes for me since we live close to downtown, since I work at home, and since I was already committed to driving as little as possible.

But I'm really surprised (and pleased) at how my husband is changing his thinking. He has a 4-mile, one-way commute that he's always driven. Bus commuting isn't practical since he, like so many other people, does not work a 9-to-5 job. But he's now seriously thinking of making the trip on bike, at least a few days a week. With such a short commute, the gas savings are minimal. It'll probably take him 20 minutes instead of 10 to get to work.

We've also decided to put our family Y membership ($65 a month) on hold until late fall since we are walking and biking more.

We have one long trip - to the WA coast - and a few short ones planned. Gas prices really won't affect those, although we may eat cheaper en route and at our destinations. We probably are dining out a little less at home as well, but that has more to do with the tightening overall economy than with gas prices.

The real work is convincing our teen-ager to go to South Pool, a free, five-minute walk away - rather than Lucky Peak, which now takes about $5 in gas roundtrip.

Having reduced my personal vehicle use by over 60% a few years ago, the higher prices have not effected my current driving habits. Its nice to sit back with the knowledge that my previous lifestyle changes are paying large dividends to me now. Of course, the money wasn't the reason for my change, the environment was. But you can't argue with paying $2 for a round trip to work versus the $8-$12 (I calculated an $8 round trip price three years ago...). One less car, no maintenance, no fillups, lower insurance, much less stress, healthier lifestyle, ... I wouldn't consider going back!

So Rob, you say $2 .. does this mean you are riding the bus? Have you noticed more people on your route?

Congrats to you for making the changes you did. Yes, the environment will benefit as much as our wallets if more of us "dump the pump."

One recent change I made was the purchase of a new vehicle. My previous car was getting about 22-23 mpg. My new one should get me between 30-35 mpg.

I also purchased a new bike last month and am getting used to riding it around my community (the quads get quite sore after a few miles :-)

It was last year that I started combining errands so as to make fewer trips around town. That, along with being at home most of the time, limits me to about one fillup every month (though that had increased in price from $35-$40 up to $60 in my prior car).

Sounds good, Irwin.

I am a one-fill-up-a-month person, too, and I am thankful for that.

I look forward to the day when I can buy a really good bike - or better than the Huffy I have now! I think a good bike makes a big difference, especially when it comes to suspension over the long run. I've been trying to bike to my church and back when I don't have anything that requires me to dress up and/or carry lots of stuff. That 's a 16-mile RT, and sometimes I feel like the bike is going to fall apart on rough stretches of the Greenbelt!

The number 8 bus might have a few more people on it, but not a lot. The 6:45 outbound bus usual carries between 15-18 people. The 7:45 outbound has a few more. It may be up one or two people.

A note to those who are driving less. Remember that most insurance companies have lower rates if you drive less than 7500 miles per year. This can save you 25% off the insurance even if you keep your car. With our changes, I have one less car and the other is below the 7500 annual miles saving us 60% on our car insurance bills.

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