To quote Wired Magazine, "The vehicle of the future has two wheels, handlebars," and for good reason!
How do you get to work in the morning? Are you taking the Green Line? The Commuter Rail? Maybe you’re driving 10 miles from a nearby suburb. Whether you live in or outside of the city, a daily commute may cost you some money in one form or another. This is one reason why you should invest in a bike.
Let’s say you live 10 miles from where you work and you use the MBTA to commute to work each day. A 10 mile trip might involve a ticket purchase for the Commuter Rail ($13.50 round trip), a ticket purchase for the Green Line ($5 round trip), or one of the two. These costs become part of your daily routine and can go unnoticed. Even if you don’t commute through the MBTA, and instead use your car for your 10 mile commute, similar costs can pile up. The American Automobile Association estimates the daily cost of operating a car at $0.585/mi (Schindler). This means a 10 mile commute (20 mile round trip) would cost you approximately $12.00/day.
Just like public transportation costs, the cost of driving your car to work each day could go unnoticed. Think about buying a bike as an investment. Buying a used bike for $200 would pay for itself in less than a year, and just over a year if you decide to bike to work only 3 days a week. Don’t let the daily costs of your commute go unnoticed and invest in a bike to save money in an enjoyable way.
If you're looking to buy a bicycle in Boston, there are a number of methods to do so:
Use our app, which is available on both iOS and Android!
We are very excited to have launched in Boston, and are helping people search out the perfect used bike. We offer delivery, and a number of features that make us the most convenient way to buy or sell a bicycle. We can even do a bike tune up prior to delivery, and are probably the cheapest bicycle repair in Boston! If you're in the marketplace for something affordable, vintage, stylish, or fast, we have it, or will have it soon.
We are also constantly on the lookout for ways to improve, and for feedback, and would love to hear from you!
Check out eBay or Craigslist, which both have a used bike section. When you're checking out a bike just be careful to:
Visit the local bike shops in Boston, Somerville, or Cambridge! Local bike shops in Cambridge and Somerville typically have a limited supply of used bikes, since they have a limited amount of space, but there are often a couple of used bikes in the back.
The future is green, and many of the largest cities in the United States are making moves with bicycle infrastructure. Boston in particular has taken an aggressive approach, with a five-year action plan that, among other promises, states it will build out 21 additional miles of cycle track.The cost of the construction is estimated at $30 million, but it is a small price to pay for a city that boasts nearly 700,000 inhabitants, and nearly 30,000 bike trips per day in just a few locations that were recorded in a recent study on bike commuting rates in Boston. All of this is part of Boston’s Climate Action Plan, which has made it a goal to increase bicycle commuting rates ten percent by 2020. Although it might seem like a lot, the number of bike trips more than doubled from 1.9 to 4 billion between 2001 and 2009. 10 percent may not be unrealistic for a city that has a lot of green lanes, and plans to extend their safety precautions for bikers. The trend may extend to the rest of the United States; 43 of 70 largest cities saw cycling rates rise, due to increasing investments in infrastructure development.