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Mustachian Transportation 2020
« on: January 07, 2020, 09:03:08 AM »
Would you like to keep track of your transportation decisions from a Mustachian perspective in 2020? If so, please consider joining the Mustachian Transportation Challenge, version 2020! I propose the following rules:

If you ride a bike (or other muscle-powered transport mechanism) or take public transportation for your commute, that day counts as 100% M. Transportation. If you drive a car by yourself, that would be 0%. If you carpool, use one minus the percentage of the car your body takes up for the day (so a carpool with four members would count as 75% M. Transportation). Ride your bike halfway, then drive halfway? 50%.

Tally up your overall percentage for each month and post here to keep a running progress report. Also, feel free to set a target for your M. Transportation Percentage. I'm shooting for 75% M. Transportation, which is 5% higher than my percent from last year.

Good luck to all of the participants!

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Re: Mustachian Transportation 2020
« Reply #1 on: January 24, 2020, 01:51:54 PM »
But as someone who drives an EV solo 4 miles to the bus station to take the bus to work 20 miles... I get  what percent?  ;)

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Re: Mustachian Transportation 2020
« Reply #2 on: January 24, 2020, 01:58:31 PM »
Your call, my man! Perhaps you might want to bike to the bus stop some percentage of the time (as I do), and this could be your challenge? Or, if you feel you've optimized your commute given the options presented, this challenge wouldn't be too challenging for you.

To directly answer your question, you're at least 90% in my book (bonus if you have a renewable energy source for your EV).

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Re: Mustachian Transportation 2020
« Reply #3 on: January 30, 2020, 01:59:52 PM »
January complete! In addition to my previously stated goal of 75% Mustachian Transportation, I'm going to add the goal of doing at least 20% of my (20+ mile) trips by bike (last year, though I didn't keep track, it was probably closer to 10%). Here's Jan's stats:

Month     Mustachian Travel Days       Trips By Bike
Jan         15/17 (88%)                      7/34 (21%)
TOTAL     15/17 (88%)                      7/34 (21%)

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Re: Mustachian Transportation 2020
« Reply #4 on: February 27, 2020, 01:51:51 PM »
I'll play along. I usually have to drive to work 1 day a week so I can take my daughter to school on the way, but I can usually bike the other days.

Month     Mustachian Travel Days
Jan         10/23 (43%)
TOTAL     10/23 (43%)

Edit: I realized I read the rules wrong. Will provide updated stats when I have time to do a proper accounting.
« Last Edit: February 28, 2020, 12:58:02 PM by Optimiser »

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Re: Mustachian Transportation 2020
« Reply #5 on: February 27, 2020, 02:23:01 PM »
Sweet! Let us know if you want to set a target goal. That way, you get to face the gauntlet of MMM face-punches should you fall short (and the Mustachian equivalent of a prize should you succeed, but I'm struggling to picture what that might be).

(J/K about the face-punches :)

It's time to update my February:

Month     Mustachian Travel Days       Trips By Bike
Jan         15/17 (88%)                      7/34 (21%)
Feb         16/17 (94%)                      6/34 (18%)
TOTAL     31/34 (91%)                      13/68 (19%)

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Re: Mustachian Transportation 2020
« Reply #6 on: February 27, 2020, 02:24:38 PM »
This looks like a good place for me to post that I just gave up my car for lent. I will be regretting that on Sunday morning when the train isn't running early enough to get me to work for 7am and I have to cycle 10 miles there.

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Re: Mustachian Transportation 2020
« Reply #7 on: February 27, 2020, 02:34:02 PM »
A worthy goal indeed.

Is this just a Sunday morning thing? If so, I think you'll quickly get used to that 10-mile ride, and begin to look forward to Sunday mornings before too long.

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Re: Mustachian Transportation 2020
« Reply #8 on: February 28, 2020, 09:51:45 AM »
Sweet! Let us know if you want to set a target goal. That way, you get to face the gauntlet of MMM face-punches should you fall short (and the Mustachian equivalent of a prize should you succeed, but I'm struggling to picture what that might be).

Sure, I'll shoot for 75%. This means another round of face punches when I post my Feb. results, but something to shoot for moving forward. I'll take all future Mustachian prizes in the form of saving money on gas and maintenance so I can quit working sooner, with a side of improved physical health, mental health, and the smugness that badassity brings.

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Re: Mustachian Transportation 2020
« Reply #9 on: February 28, 2020, 10:23:25 AM »
Sure, why not.  Going to fudge a tad and just account for my solo transportation for commuting/errands/whatever.  Not any travel for work/vacation, or anytime I'm driving the whole family somewhere (generally just happens once or twice per weekend).

Month     Mustachian Travel Days       Percent of miles biked vs driven
Jan         25/25 (100%)                    351/351 (100%)
Feb         17/19 (89%)                      210/240 (88%)
TOTAL     42/44 (95%)                      561/591 (95%)

Took a long family vacation in February, so a lot of days were skipped.  No bike riding, but we drove instead of flying, so better from a carbon standpoint at least.  The two fails were (1) one trip to Sam's club that I couldn't quite pull off with my bike, and (2) one trip a far-away DMV while troubleshooting a problem with my wife's car.  The latter trip was doable by bike, but I was time-constrained and also wanted to make sure the car was ok after an earlier issue.

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Re: Mustachian Transportation 2020
« Reply #10 on: February 28, 2020, 11:39:59 AM »
I've been tracking on my own calendar at home, but hadn't seen this thread until now. And I've fallen behind without the accountability! Plus, my partner has also started biking to work, which means our shared car is more often sitting at home, tempting me. Last year, biking was approximately my only option; now, it takes more willpower to bike to work since there's an alternative. Ultimately this is a great opportunity for both of us to use less gas, though!

The carpool rules may yet save me. I will have to estimate that for the two months so far. Will report later when I get home to my calendar.

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Re: Mustachian Transportation 2020
« Reply #11 on: February 28, 2020, 03:21:35 PM »
Sure, why not.  Going to fudge a tad and just account for my solo transportation for commuting/errands/whatever.  Not any travel for work/vacation, or anytime I'm driving the whole family somewhere (generally just happens once or twice per weekend).

Month   Mustachian Travel Days       Percent of miles biked vs driven
Jan         25/25 (100%)                    351/351 (100%)
Feb         17/19 (89%)                      210/240 (88%)
TOTAL     42/44 (95%)                      561/591 (95%)

Took a long family vacation in February, so a lot of days were skipped.  No bike riding, but we drove instead of flying, so better from a carbon standpoint at least.  The two fails were (1) one trip to Sam's club that I couldn't quite pull off with my bike, and (2) one trip a far-away DMV while troubleshooting a problem with my wife's car.  The latter trip was doable by bike, but I was time-constrained and also wanted to make sure the car was ok after an earlier issue.

I'm going to borrow the idea of tracking bike miles (for commuting to/from work). Each one-way bike trip for me is about 20 miles, and on days I ride the bus my bike trip to/from the bus stop is about a mile. So to update my work commute stats:

Month   Mustachian Travel Days     Trips By Bike    Approx. Commuting Bike Miles
Jan         15/17 (88%)                        7/34 (21%)           163
Feb         16/17 (94%)                        6/34 (18%)           146
TOTAL     31/34 (91%)                      13/68 (19%)         309
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Re: Mustachian Transportation 2020
« Reply #12 on: March 01, 2020, 11:28:44 AM »
At the end of 2019, I casually suggested an 80% goal for this year. Let's see if I can make it. As mentioned above, I'm estimating carpool days, counting them all for 50%.

February had a bunch of unusual days (drove to a conference or took time off), which are not counted.

Month   Bike days   Carpool days   Total
January13/20 (65%)   6/2016/20 (80%)
February   8/15 (53%)3/159.5/15 (63%)
TOTAL21/35 (60%)9/3525.5/35 (73%)