# How Much Does It Cost to Commute by Bike?

A few weeks ago we wrote that Americans are working over two hours a day to pay for their cars, paying more to feed their cars than their families. While some questioned the math in comments, there was no question that it is a huge portion of a typical budget and it is only getting worse.

## The Math Behind Bike Commuting

Now James Schwartz of the Urban Country has done the math for bike commuters, and finds that they spend a grand total of \$ 350 per year on their commute, or just 3.84 minutes per day to pay for their bikes. Quite the difference! But is it right?It is a significant difference, with the car costing an average of \$ 11,000 per year and the bike, including maintenance, costing \$ 350 per year. You can see James Schwartz's math here. He concludes:

Based on an annual average cost of \$350 to own a sturdy, quality bicycle, the average American will work 15.98 hours a year to pay for their bicycle, which works out to be 0.063927 hours per day - or 3.84 minutes a day.