One unwritten goal I have for 2012 is to drive less to work. There are a few reasons for this:
1) save on gas money since the car I drive gets low 20s mpg
2) fewer miles on car, reduced wear and tear
3) exercise, bike commuting is great way to fit in exercise each week
4) fun, i bought a motorcycle last year and it's fun to ride it and gets 45 mpg
So the basic motivation is health and money. (One of my main 2012 goals is to bike/run 2000 miles, so this could add a lot towards that goal.)
The concept is fairly simple. My daily commute is about 20 miles round trip. My aim is to not drive at least one time a week throughout the year. Last week I started off the year by taking my motorcycle twice. 40 less miles on my car.
At a minimum, if I drive one fewer times a week throughout the year, I'll leave the car parked in the driveway 50 times. This would equal 1000 fewer miles. And 45 less gallons of gas. And $160 (at $3.50 a gallon) in gas money not spent. My real goal is to average 2 days a week and double the above numbers.
And with better weather summer months it is not entirely impossible to go car-less weeks at a time. So my stretch goal is to average 3 times a week for a total of 150 car-free commuter days in 2012.
Do you try to commute without car to save money and get exercise? Does it make a positive impact on your wallet?