Just noticed-I haven't filled my car this Month!

Omagh, Northern Ireland
May 25, 2008 6:45am CST
I've had near a Month of great weather so far,and I've been using my ebike for my 4 mile commute and do my topup shopping..My last fillup was at the end of April,and I Still have a 1/4 tank yet! With Normal Driving,I have to fill up every fortnight.. Are You making good use of the weather to cut some dependance on your car? Would You? Thanks for responses!
3 responses
@goldeneagle (6775)
• United States
26 May 08
I wish I could say the same. I go through a tank every 8 or 9 days...sometimes sooner. The area I live in isn't exactly bicycle friendly, or I would ride my bike most of the time. I can ride it to the store up the street, but that is about as far as I will try to go on it. I would love to be able to park my truck and take my bike to work
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• Omagh, Northern Ireland
27 May 08
I enjoy the boost the e-bike gives to my range over a conventional bike,but I wouldn't like to live in an especially hilly area,even with one..there's a switchback of a scenic back road near where I live, leading to a nearby small town-I checked it out last summer when I first got the bike,and made it to the top ahead of a couple on mountain bikes who had a couple of hundred yards head start! My commute is along a B class road (2 lane) with light inclines in places-I could probably get there on motor alone,but it's less efficient and uses the battery more,so I take some exercise and pedal uphill,and cruise on motor on the level! Range for the machine is given as about 20 miles per charge-I'm averaging about 13 miles before the battery charge indicator starts to drop...I saw some ebikes on Walmart's website.I wonder what they're like?
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
30 May 08
All good things must come to an end..I only got one day off this week (Yesterday) and went to the Cinema last night (20 mile round trip-) the low fuel light blinked on part way to the Cinema,but had reset itself by the time I came out,and I made it home without it coming on again until I pulled up at the house...I need to bring the car to work this evening,so must put some in on the way!
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
1 Jun 08
I did it! An entire calendar month without filling the Car! I had to go in to work for a meeting today at 1pm,but I was to start work at 2,so I was set for all day with the bike..then the numbers of the group we were expecting for Lunch in the Restaurant I work in dropped drastically,so after the meeting I was told "Come back at 6.." took the scenic route home,went down by the nearby lakeshore for a spin,then had a go tidying the back yard when I got back to the house..Fed,Showered,biked back in JUST in front of what's called a "Thunderplump" around here-a sudden torrential thunder shower! I never felt a drop on my way in,yet I walked into the restaurant after changing out of the T-Shirt I wore into my uniform,to see rain pelting the windows..thankfully,that cleared the air,and my trip home was dry and uneventful!
@jonesy123 (3950)
• United States
25 May 08
Good for you! It's a bit more difficult for us but we have significantly cut down on driving. Topup shopping has been pretty much eliminated. We are just forced to plan things through more throroughly.
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• Omagh, Northern Ireland
29 May 08
I usually go visit my family about every 2 weeks..I got stuck with just the 1 day off this week,(tomorrow) so I think I'll have to call off the "No Fuel in May" attempt...I did my weekly shopping Run on Monday evening,and was pleasantly surprised that I made it back without the low fuel light coming on.. that was a 20 mile round trip,but at least 8 miles of that counts as a commute to work! My sister lives closest to Me,1/2 hour away,so I'll have to give in and fill up to go see Her...Otherwise,I'd have nailed this!
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
31 May 08
It's a long shot,but it just might pay off... I had to take the car to work yesterday,but the low fuel light stayed off until I got home! So today I can use the bike again!
@shymurl (2768)
• United States
25 May 08
that is great for you. I've been trying to cut back as much as possible. i've been lucky that some baseball games for my kids have been cancelled. Walmart for us is about thirty minutes away (driving distance), so if I know someone is going I ask them to pick me up a few things. Thats about all I can do.
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• Omagh, Northern Ireland
29 May 08
Although a B class road,for this area (mostly rural) it's a main road running thru my village-the village is located around a T Junction,one branch to the local town 3 miles away,and the other to the County town 10 miles away. Public transport-forget it-there's something like 2 buses a day.My Sister lives 30 minutes away by car-I checked the timetable-getting the first bus out at 8am,I could make a 4 hour trip to visit Her, spend maybe an hour over lunchtime,then catch the last connection to make another 4 hour trip for the evening bus back...There are some of the big chain supermarkets who offer home delivery or online shopping-none of them will deliver as far out as my place,10 miles away!,so I make 1 trip a week with the car into town to stock up,and anything I forget I can maybe get in the Local town with the bike,which has a Barber,banks,post office,Library,etc..Another advantage of the bike..I've lost a few pounds!