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Biannual mileage total update – #cycling #green #money

I’ve updated my spreadsheet and my biannual cycling mileage totals are:
2008 (H2) = 1600 miles
2009 (H1) = 1100 miles
2009 (H2) = 1400 miles
2010 (H1) = 1500 miles
2010 (H2) = 3500 miles
2011 (H1) = 3700 miles
2011 (H2) = 3600 miles

So I’m doing around 7000 miles per year on my bicycle rather than in a car, saving me a fortune!

See last post about this here

I propose to scrap vehicle excise duty and increase fuel duty

I like sums, so let’s do a few based on my limited knowledge of the figures involved…
Average car mileage is 10K miles.
Average car vehicle excise duty is £150.
150 / 10000 = £0.015 duty per mile
Average modern car does 10 miles to the litre.
0.015 * 10 = £0.15 duty per litre.

15p per litre wouldn’t really impact the massive fuel pump price we have at the moment.
So I propose to scrap vehicle excise duty and increase fuel duty by 15p per litre.

This would have cost savings to government including
1. Wouldn’t need to police or prosecute people for no tax
2. Wouldn’t need to post the reminders / forms in the post i.e. delivery costs
3. Wouldn’t need to administer the scheme
4. Wouldn’t need to pay a cut to the post office for taking payment etc
5. Wouldn’t need to maintain a whole heap of webpages dedicated to it

Benefits to me
1. If I do less miles I pay less duty
2. Car drivers won’t be confusing the duty with road tax, so it will help equality on the roads between vehicles and bicycles
3…. there are more I am sure.

Benefits to the environment
1. Extra fuel costs makes people focus on doing less miles
2. Less paperwork and resources wasted

Small one-off costs
1. Closing the scheme
2. Changing the law
3. Retraining traffic police
4. A small number of job losses

Why did I write this post?
Lots of reasons, but mainly because I hate hearing “cyclists have no right to be on the road, they don’t pay to use the roads” come up as often as it does.

See also ipayroadtax.com, a website dedicated to the misconception about the duty.

3 years cycling saved me £1845 in car costs

My biannual cycling mileage totals for the past three years:

2008 (H2) = 1600 miles
2009 (H1) = 1100 miles
2009 (H2) = 1400 miles
2010 (H1) = 1500 miles
2010 (H2) = 3500 miles
2011 (H1) = 3700 miles

of these 10060 miles were commuting miles or at least miles cycled instead of using my car, this roughly equates to £1845 (given the cost of petrol at the time plus 5p wear and tear per mile). Of course if I didn’t still have a car the savings would be three times this, but the car costs me money even if I don’t drive it anywhere!

The reality is that I took up cycling as my main hobby and stopped my other sporting activities, in doing so this money has paid for about half of my cycling hobby, which is a lot less than I was spending on either of my previous hobbies (football and badminton). Of course, most of the three years I’ve been collecting clothing, tools and a couple of bikes, so the hobby cost will keep falling (unless I keep buying bikes) and maybe even end up being a hobby that pays for itself (or even better; a hobby that truly saves me money).

There’s no profit in peace, but there is profit in cycling!


After reading a blog post: Cycling Coder – Why bikes “expensive”
I thought I’d add my pennies worth on my blog about it too.

People (non cyclists in this case) thought I was mad paying £1000 for a ten-year old touring bicycle. I am mad, but not for that reason, the bicycle is still worth £1000 even after a years worth of cycling.
An item is only worth what people are willing to pay for it, whether it is new or second-hand you might say.

If I were a normal person on the street I would:
– spend hundreds of pounds per year on a gym membership and not actually go.
– spend hundreds of pounds extra per year for a fancy phone contract when there is nothing wrong with my current phone.
– spend £1500 per year on petrol commuting to work (this cost keeps going up too).
– plus many other expensive things

I am not normal, I don’t need gym membership, fancy phones or petrol to get to work, I am a cyclist and doing the maths, my bike has actually saved me money, how many hobbies do that for you?

The next time someone says “you spent how much on that?” or “it cost how much, I could buy a car for that?” then remember my words “they aren’t necessarily stupid, but they aren’t cyclists either”.