Trading Four Wheels for Two

By using bikes for day-to-day transportation, Stacy Bisker of Huntington, W.Va., and her family are cutting costs and putting money into savings.

You’re using your car a lot less, which you call going “car-lite.” Why the change? We needed to save money and originally considered getting rid of both of our cars, a Chevrolet Cavalier and a Honda Odyssey minivan. Until I did some research, it didn’t occur to me how much we could save by driving less and walking or biking more. We were spending about $200 to $250 per month on gas, plus $325 per month in car-loan payments on the Odyssey and $117 on insurance for both cars.

CALCULATOR: How Much Can You Save Bicycling to Work?

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Amanda Lilly
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