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Old 06-03-2008, 02:34 PM   #1
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Wanna save money on gas?

lately there has been a lot of threads about riding bikes to save gas money. I have a suggestion that will ultimately save you money on gas. It has been brought up many times before but many refused to such a system. Are you ready? Share rides and mass transit system.

Neighborhood pick ups and drive to the parking lot of trolley/trains/bus. If you have to stay late at work then you have to hitch a ride home or have your family member come pick you up. If you wake up late, you are on your own. If it's your turn to drive and you are late, you better move to a different neighborhood.

It's just a suggestion.
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Old 06-03-2008, 02:47 PM   #2
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My car was down last week so I rode METRO for 3 days. My 37 mile commute took 90 minutes instead of the usual 45. It wasn't all that bad though. I got to catch up on some reading and the Park & Ride busses are pretty nice. Total cost=$19.50/3 days.

If you plan on riding make sure you call them to confirm your route. The maps on their website are not up to date.
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Ain't no mass transit coming out to my neck of the woods there homies!

I bought a '88 Honda Prelude. It gets 30mpg, has a bunch of cool (for '88) options, but no working A/C. Obviously, A/C is first on my list of priorities for this car.

The truck just sits now unless I need it.
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Old 06-07-2008, 04:53 PM   #5
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I drive back and forth to work for 6 days and costs me $27.00. Madseason did three for $20. Don't see that being very pocket book friendly. I bought my bike for the sole purpose to save money on gas. I get 42 mpg on my 600. With the bike payment and cost of gas and insurance i still save almost 300 a month than if I drove my truck.
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Make sure your tire air pressure is correct, and the alignment is right.
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lately there has been a lot of threads about riding bikes to save gas money. I have a suggestion that will ultimately save you money on gas. It has been brought up many times before but many refused to such a system. Are you ready? Share rides and mass transit system.

Neighborhood pick ups and drive to the parking lot of trolley/trains/bus. If you have to stay late at work then you have to hitch a ride home or have your family member come pick you up. If you wake up late, you are on your own. If it's your turn to drive and you are late, you better move to a different neighborhood.

It's just a suggestion.
Lived in Philly area (commuted from NJ Pine Barens) for 20 years and they had a great public transportation system there (parking is probably about $30/day in center city now so there's good incentive). Train ride from the last stop out to the last stop in was about 15-20 minutes with no grade level crossings to conflict with traffic. Trains ran 24/7 with the longest wait between trains being 20 minutes. During rush hour the wait was 3 minutes or less, so you never had to worry about catching a particular train. Plenty of time to relax, read, do email etc. faster trip, easier commute, less expensive and they didn't make you feel like cattle. That's the way to make mass transit successful http://www.ridepatco.org/

Not sure if it could work in Houston (aside from the cultural and political issues involved). While Philly has a compact center city area with a fairly extensive set of underground walkways, so you could get most anywhere by walking just a few blocks from one of the stations, Houston's downtown seems to be pretty spread out and no very amenable to pedestrians.

I think that lack of a viable public transporation system or the desire to even plan for it will prove to be a great drawback to Houston's future.
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Downtown Houston has quite a network of underground tunnels....
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I TRIED to ride Park-N-Ride buses. When I swapped to Sun-Mon-Tues shift the buses became a mess! Problem 1 - They don't run on weekends so Sun in, Monday out is a no go. On Monday night the 5:22pm is remarkable unreliable and by 5:30pm I have to drive in or I'm going to be late to work - By Tuesday night, I'm not going to waste my time. I have my bike and a gas sipping 2000 Ford Focus - It could be worse...
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Old 06-07-2008, 08:48 PM   #11
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Commuted to NYC from Jersey during my college years, and sometimes just to go visit the big city. I basicly used the commuting time as my homework time, and it worked out pretty well!! It beat being stuck in traffic driving the cage for 3hrs roundtrip, and it was actually quite relaxing. On the return trip, I just took a nap and by instinct woke up in time when we got to my stop.

The Mass Transit system here in Houston is not the greatest or most efficient, so I can understand why some prefer not to use it. But I still find it ridiculous when I look into just about every vehicle during rush hour traffic, and all I see is 1 person in each cage.

What's more stupid is the solution the City comes up with. Which is to add more lanes to the highways... so we can have MORE cages with single occupants jamming up the lanes, only to have them funnel into single lane exits creating deadlock. But that's the way it is when everybody wants to drive their own cars, and votes against Rail or other Mass Transit Proposals year after year.
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Old 06-07-2008, 08:55 PM   #12
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I TRIED to ride Park-N-Ride buses. When I swapped to Sun-Mon-Tues shift the buses became a mess! Problem 1 - They don't run on weekends so Sun in, Monday out is a no go. On Monday night the 5:22pm is remarkable unreliable and by 5:30pm I have to drive in or I'm going to be late to work - By Tuesday night, I'm not going to waste my time. I have my bike and a gas sipping 2000 Ford Focus - It could be worse...
Suburban sprawl is another problem METRO faces is implementing an efficient Mass Transit system. Houston was designed around the Highway, and each year it continues to grow without any consideration to mass transit planning, it'll become more and more difficult, if at all possible, for METRO to ever come up with a good system.

20 years ago, and ever since then, METRO has been pushing for a rail system, only to get shut down. It was a miracle that they even got to doing one downtown and through the Med Center. But it was too little too late, but moreso for the reasons staed above. Alot of progress could have happened in those last 20+ years, but as stated before, year after year the taxpayers shoot the plans down.
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i am still amazed at the people who buy a SS bike and come up to me and ask "dude, i was almost empty, i put four gallons in, and i set my tripmeter, and i only got about 100 miles...whats wrong with my bike?"

i say "ummm...nothing?..."

and they go into this speil about how they were told bikes were more fuel efficient and the saleman or whoever told them so, and that 25 mpg cant be right, and im just lying to them when i say they cant get 40 mpg+ when they rip through the gears doing thier best rossi impression and do over 100mph down the freeway...what a jerk i am for just not wanting to fix this obvious problem...

yes, SOME bikes are wildly fuel effieciant. basicly any 250 and the gs500 are all good on gas. sportbikes ARE NOT. lol.
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i am still amazed at the people who buy a SS bike and come up to me and ask "dude, i was almost empty, i put four gallons in, and i set my tripmeter, and i only got about 100 miles...whats wrong with my bike?"

i say "ummm...nothing?..."

and they go into this speil about how they were told bikes were more fuel efficient and the saleman or whoever told them so, and that 25 mpg cant be right, and im just lying to them when i say they cant get 40 mpg+ when they rip through the gears doing thier best rossi impression and do over 100mph down the freeway...what a jerk i am for just not wanting to fix this obvious problem...

yes, SOME bikes are wildly fuel effieciant. basicly any 250 and the gs500 are all good on gas. sportbikes ARE NOT. lol.

speak for your own bike.... my busa gets 44mpg at 75mph... even more when at 55. FYI... that is 200 miles per tank.
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My truck (01 Durango 4x4) gets about 15 MPG. I work 16 miles from home, about 2/3 of that is a blast up 45. I spend just under $10 for a round trip. My bike (95 Buell S2) gets 50-55 MPG. So the truck is now parked 6 days a week (have to drive on Tuesdays so I can carry the kids to baseball practice), and if it rains I don't go to work. My boss bought an SV650 a few weeks ago so he could do basically the same thing.

So, to make it short (too late), my gas expenses went from $60/week to $10-15/week.
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Suburban sprawl is another problem METRO faces is implementing an efficient Mass Transit system. Houston was designed around the Highway, and each year it continues to grow without any consideration to mass transit planning, it'll become more and more difficult, if at all possible, for METRO to ever come up with a good system.

20 years ago, and ever since then, METRO has been pushing for a rail system, only to get shut down. It was a miracle that they even got to doing one downtown and through the Med Center. But it was too little too late, but moreso for the reasons staed above. Alot of progress could have happened in those last 20+ years, but as stated before, year after year the taxpayers shoot the plans down.

I do like the rail and I loved the bus when I got to ride it. I used to knit, read, play video games, listen to my i-pod, watch videos. The extra hour back and forth wasn't wasted paying attention to traffic. I always vote FOR the light rail.
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