Wednesday, June 17, 2009

How Time Flies When You're Riding Your Bike

The week is nearly over and I have just now gotten around to posting about the "Give Your Car The Day Off" week sponsored by The Clean Air Campaign and News Talk 750/WSB. Though it will be Thursday when you read this, you still have time to rest your car for a bit (or encourage others to do so). We like events, don't we? They make everything seem special; hopefully public transit, bicycles, and walking will gain some special-occasion-sparkle through this campaign. If pure novelty doesn't work, the Clean Air Campaign includes some thought-provoking tidbits on their site like:
Atlanta households spend 17 percent of their income on transportation costs – that's more than we spend on food!
Ouch. My belly does not like that.


Christa said...
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Christa said...

17% seems so high.

I wonder how people keep driving in a recession where 1 in 10 are unemployed.

anna said...

People have done similar calculations in Austria. The outcome was that people spend more money on their cars than on their children too. Pretty sad isn't it?

2whls3spds said...

Car or beer...don't make me choose! LOL

I learned economics as a college student, any purchase, before being made was weighed as to how much beer and pizza it would pay for. I can well believe that 17% figure when you consider (according to BTS) that the AVERAGE American car owner spends around $8,100 per year. That is based on 15,000 miles of annual driving.


The Bronze Bombshell said...

Christa: That's a good question. I guess unemployment insurance is keeping gas in the tank while people go on interviews or make inquiries. Otherwise, I guess people are cutting back in other places. (Like families in Austria?!)

Anna: I would've never guessed that people spend more on their cars than their kids anywhere in the world. Particularly in the western world, it seems a couple of pairs of limited edition sneakers and trips to the amusement park would totally outstrip household automobile spending.

Aaron: What's the "BTS"?

2whls3spds said...

Bureau of Transportation Statistics brought to you by your very own tax dollars. LOL


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