How Fast does your car really go – Go By Bike Episode 37

What is your true MPH on your car?

We think of cars being faster than bikes, but are they really? Sure, if you’re driving hundreds of miles the car is fast, but what about on your trips into and around town?

I remember the first time I was running late and decided to take my bike rather than my car. I was nervous about getting there on time, but using the electric, I was able to get to my appointment on time and in about exactly the time it would take for me to drive (actually less, because I didn’t have to search for parking in our downtown area). After that, I realized that time was often not a good excuse for driving rather than biking.

Here is the link to Mark Stosberg’s blog and “true mph” calculation spreadsheet. Be sure to look around for some of his great posts on transportaiton biking

And here is a link to the Philadelphia commuting race

Ride on!


Go By Bike is a daily video series that talks about how to be green by riding more and using your car less, including electric bikes, electric kits, cargo bikes, bike safety, and getting motivated to bike

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One thought

  1. Hey Elise, I saw you on my Linkedin network and have been looking for a bike and have no idea what to get! Maybe you can help. 🙂
    The idea is that the bike would be light and fairly easy to ride, would have enough gears to be able to go up steep hills. It would be nice to have close to a road bike but then also be able to navigate where roads break apart and where its necessary to ride on grass or dirt for a short while. It seems like it would be important to get fitted for bike? is it?
    I’ve really enjoyed trail riding in the past but would be more interested in using the bike for commuting and long distance than weekend trips.


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