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Clapham Rover
16-07-2007, 05:25 PM
...for the average person on the average wage in the average car doing the average annual mileage is - under 8 mph*.




*For a middle of the road car driven 10,000 miles per year, the AA puts standing costs at 36p per mile (excise duty, insurance, cost of capital, depreciation and breakdown cover) and running costs at 20p per mile (petrol, tyres, service labour costs, replacement parts, parking and tolls). Median annual salary is 22,060 (gross) = about 11 per hour. Hence the time taken to pay fixed and running costs = 510 hours. The National Traffic Survey makes the average speed of car trips (including jams) to be 23.4 mph. It will thus take 427 hours to clock up 10,000 miles in a year. Throw in an average of one hour per week cleaning the car, taking it for repairs, filling it with petrol, pumping tyres etc. Add 5 minutes per trip looking for car keys, walking to car, de-icing windows in winter and another 5 minutes per trip finding a space and parking + walking from there to their destination (probably underestimates for London?) add about 254 hours per year. If you have a garage that adds to the average house costing 158,000 about 11% = 17,538 which at 6% interest adds about a 1000 to motgage repayments about another 90+ hours of work at 11 ph. (All these costs will obviously be much higher for London, but so will wages)

In total the average UK motorist devotes about 1,300 hours to their car for his 10,000 miles - under 8mph.

Bicycle is quicker. :)

hoopsmccan
16-07-2007, 05:29 PM
Originally posted by Clapham Rover


Bicycle is quicker. :)

Surly getting the talc and lycra on must take a while?

AJ's right boot
16-07-2007, 05:31 PM
Originally posted by Clapham Rover

Bicycle is gayer. :)

Edited for accuracy.

Clapham Rover
16-07-2007, 05:48 PM
Originally posted by AJ's right boot
Edited for accuracy.

Nothing is gayer than - eg - the new VW Beetle. Even a very gay bicycle.

philsick
16-07-2007, 06:07 PM
Originally posted by Clapham Rover


In total the average UK motorist devotes about 1,300 hours to their car for his 10,000 miles - under 8mph.

Bicycle is quicker. :)

If you kept a brisk pace,walking would also be quicker:p

Or to keep up the gayer theme,mincing.

Clapham Rover
16-07-2007, 06:59 PM
Originally posted by philsick
If you kept a brisk pace,walking would also be quicker:p

Or to keep up the gayer theme,mincing.

Mincing would have less embedded carbon than a bicycle, and thus be greener. Hmmm....





...no, think I'll stick to cycling for now. ;)

philsick
16-07-2007, 07:25 PM
If rinky dink can run their sound system from the energy created by cycle power.Imagine the potential energy being created in a town like amsterdam,where the majority of people cycle.You could probably run all the domestic lighting in the town from it.I suppose its finding something to store the energy,thats bike freindly.Is someone on the case?

Maidstoned Eagle
16-07-2007, 07:25 PM
Try cycling to Scotland.

philsick
16-07-2007, 07:28 PM
Originally posted by Maidstoned Eagle
Try cycling to Scotland.

If you didn't have a time schedule i imagine it would be brilliant.

Maidstoned Eagle
16-07-2007, 07:30 PM
Not as quick as a car though.

Maidstoned Eagle
16-07-2007, 07:31 PM
Which is not as quick as a plane.

Maidstoned Eagle
16-07-2007, 07:32 PM
Originally posted by Clapham Rover
...no, think I'll stick to cycling for now. ;)

Get off the bloody pavement!