Daniel Mai

Biking and Driving

I’ve biked to school. I’ve driven to school. Six miles one-way, no big deal. But there are differences between the two.


  • Cheap
  • Exercise
  • More time-consuming
  • “Better safe than sorry”
    • Helmet
    • Gloves
  • Locks
    • Lights
  • Breathable/comfortable clothes
  • Inhale the car emissions around me
    • Ew
  • Maintenance costs:
    • Fuel: My own energy. Essentially “free,” disregarding food costs.
    • Tubes, lube, tires, etc.
  • Parking: Always free
  • Number of passengers: One


  • Not-as cheap
  • Less exercise
  • Less time-consuming
  • Using a death machine.
    • I can easily kill someone. (For the record, I don’t want to.)
  • Travel more distance easily.
  • “Safe” from outside car emissions.
  • But contributing to the car emissions myself.
  • Maintenance costs:
    • Fuel: Gasoline. $3-$4 per gallon.
    • Insurance
    • Oil, brakes, lights, etc.
  • Parking: Monies.
  • Number of passengers: Several

Biking and driving both have their advantages and disadvantages. From a financial standpoint, biking is less of a burden. I’ve spent less money on my bicycle compared to the money spent on gas alone. (Which means paying any more for gas is pretty much overkill.)

By no means is one a replacement for the other. A bicycle gives me a cheap way to travel places. It’s faster than walking, but not as fast as driving. A car provides me the ability to give rides to people, a trunk, a stereo (biking with earphones next to trucks and other loud machinery equates to not hearing anything), and a lot of other niceties.

If only maintaining a car wasn’t so expensive.