Petrol prices are rising again as much of the world comes out of
Covid-related lockdowns and pushes up demand for petrol, diesel, oil and
aircraft fuel. Many pundits predict that prices will continue to rise over the next few months, and potentially years. As such it is a good time to be considering how to cut down our car running which the IRD estimates as being 79c per kilometre (not including
the cost of parking).
The best way to make changes to something as regular as your transportation mode is to set small goals such as changing how you travel one or two days per week or trying out a couple of trips using a different way of getting around. Small steps like this can help you work out what works for you and your family. Here are some options:
- Try ride sharing – travelling with others living nearby or who can pick you up on their way to your destination. Don't immediately try it everyday - start small and see how it goes then add on more trips if it all works.
- Catch a bus: You may need to think about changing buses or about parking near a bus route and catching the bus. If you have to drop kids at school take the bus after dropping them off. Check out the Metroinfo website for more information and timetable or pick up paper copies of timetables at Te Hāpua. You can also buy a Metrocard at Te Hāpua or order one online to save on your bus fare.
- Dust off that bike in the garage. The secret with cycling is to be open to trying new routes from those you might use in a car. There are many cycleways and cycle lanes and many quiet streets that are good for cycling and which can connect up cycleways. Pick up the latest CCC cycle map for free from Te Hāpua or find it online.
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Try mixing and matching your bike with other transport - driving some of the way and biking the rest can cut parking costs and be a good way to start biking. Likewise, putting your bike on a bus (bikes travel free) can be a good way to extend the distances you can cover on a bike. Find more about bikes on buses here.
- Buy an electric bike: More and more people are using electric bikes and electric cargo bikes. The addition of electricity makes cycling easier and more fun, and significantly extends how far you can travel. Electric bikes can be quite expensive to buy but they quickly pay themselves off because they are so cheap to run. Many people who ride e-bikes say that they replace a second car. Both E-bikes and ordinary bikes provide physical and mental health benefits and are great for work productivity.
- Buy an electric car: The up front cost of an electric car may put electric cars out of reach but if you travel significant distances each week where buses and bikes may not quite cut it, they may well pay for themselves in petrol savings. It is worth doing the sums to check it out.