It just so happens I purchased my bicycle during Bike Month and this week is “Bike to Work Week”. I was planning on riding my bike to work anyway to see how far it was and to see if I could actually tolerate biking to work. So far I have ridden my bike to work every day this week, today being day three. It is not bad at all. It is almost exactly seven miles to get to work from my house. I try to ride on the sidewalks as much as I can on the way to work. When the sidewalks are not available, most of the time there is some extra room on the road between the solid, painted line and the edge of the pavement. On the way home, I take the street where I would normally take the sidewalk during the day. There is less traffic at night.
On the way back from work, the streets are pretty well-lit except for one portion of the road I take. For safety, I have a LED headlight and a flashing, red, LED tail-light so people driving vehicles can clearly see there is someone on the road. I like riding at night. The temperature is cooler and there are not as many cars out on the road.
Biking to work will save a little money on gasoline and over time will add up to a full tank I would have otherwise bought driving my truck to work. It will take a while for the bike to pay for itself. My truck gets 20mpg. I calculated that riding to and from work for one day would save me $2.66. I would have to bike to work 68 times to match the amount of money I paid for bicycle, not including the accessories I bought with it.
Although it may take a while for the bike to pay for itself, I will enjoy having the bicycle. It is always fun to go for a long ride around town or out in the country. Also, cruising around the neighborhood with friends is always a good time!