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personally I think this belongs in fitness, but I'd be happy to ask in another place if anyone has a recommendation.

but I'm curious to know: how expensive is gasoline where you live and at what dollar number will you stop driving and start riding your bike everywhere?

I've been low car for for a number of years, but I've noticed a recent uptick in acquaintances and colleagues asking me about bicycle commuting. so where I live $5.09 a gallon is the breaking point for many people I know.

happily, I will be tuning up some neglected bicycles and hopefully getting some women on the road this week.

(I edited because I'm 43 and I still don't understand punctuation)

personally I think this belongs in fitness, but I'd be happy to ask in another place if anyone has a recommendation. but I'm curious to know: how expensive is gasoline where you live and at what dollar number will you stop driving and start riding your bike everywhere? I've been low car for for a number of years, but I've noticed a recent uptick in acquaintances and colleagues asking me about bicycle commuting. so where I live $5.09 a gallon is the breaking point for many people I know. happily, I will be tuning up some neglected bicycles and hopefully getting some women on the road this week. (I edited because I'm 43 and I still don't understand punctuation)

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I’m in LA so I’m paying close to 7 a gallon. Last fill up was just shy of $100

https://thetyee.ca/Analysis/2022/06/02/What-People-Do-Not-Get-Inflation-Spike/ https://thetyee.ca/Analysis/2022/06/03/Inflation-Scarcity-Road-Survival/

I am happy that you are in a position where you can use cycling as a form of transportation. I see so many communities, even smaller ones, that have built their infrastructure to be downright hostile to pedestrians and cyclists. I put two links in here because I think the you, OP, might be interested in this. It's about energy (transportation) and what this may mean going forward. You are right, getting around is going to change dramatically. Gas where I am is 2.10 per litre, whereas in the beginning of the pandemic it was .69 per litre. (There are 3.78541 litres in a US gallon, 4.54609 in an Imperial gallon).

thanks for the link! I hate it!

no, seriously, it's a great 2 parter & defs addresses many of my thoughts.

I found this particularly eye opening: In 1972, the Club of Rome issued a warning about energy, pollution and population trends on the planet. Using a fairly basic computer model, the club’s analysts, including Donella and Dennis Meadows, asked what would happen if civilization continued growing without limits. The model warned that business as usual would lead to scarcity, disruptions and failing ecosystems sometime between 2010 and 2020. As resources become harder and more expensive to extract, civilization would start digging a hole for itself. A population crash would follow declines in agricultural production sometime around 2030.

$4.90 something. Seriously considering taking the bus to work.

$5 even today.

I commute by public transit anyway. The number would have to get quite a lot higher to make me cut down my occasional weekend car use even further.

Australian here.

Unleaded petrol is $1.89 a litre at present, it’s been higher.

I don’t ride a bicycle or have any wish to (or anywhere to keep a bike if I did). I tried it decades ago and hated it, it was so painful.

It’s an hour walk to and from the nearest supermarket and I’ve done it once when my car died, and hope never to do it again, it was exhausting.

yeah an hour walk sounds terrible carrying groceries! I would need a wagon or something!!

I used my mum’s walker, which was hard enough - I physically couldn’t manage to carry groceries that far!

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It's currently at 9.108 usd / gallon. We'll keep the car, we're not using it a lot anyway but we do need it for shopping. Will think twice before spontaneous road trips thougg.

Gasoline was $4.91 / gallon today by me.

As much as I would love to get around more on a bike, it would be absolutely impossible for me to get to work on one. Also, if I reach the point where getting to work by car becomes unaffordable, I think I'm going to have far bigger problems than worrying about how to get to work.

I've definitely been wondering what will happen when people can't afford to get to work. I'm lucky because the only time I have to use my car to go to work is once or twice a week to teach an art class. the rest of the time I can commute on bike because I'm not carrying art supplies. I have bags and racks for things like groceries and the laundromat.

I don’t want to say how much gas is here as I fear it will give location info. But, there is sadly no number that could make it safe for me to ride my bike down the highway to work :(

2.12 a litre tonight, up from 2.04 yesterday. Agreed with Lee-Side_ though, it was less than 1.00 at the start of the pandemic.

Not sure what my number is but given what I use my car for, it would take a lot to get me to switch.

Just over $5/gal. Unfortunately my commute is too long and probably unsafe to bike; on the plus side I'm only commuting 2 days a week. I would happily commute by bike in fair weather if I lived closer regardless of gas prices.

I have a couple of friends in the same position you are in. they're using their bikes to run errands and trying to travel less on the weekends by car. public transport is cheap around here but you either have to bring a bicycle or prepare to walk because it has limited routes. and don't expect anything in the evenings or on the weekends LOL