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Silver lining June 1, 2008

Posted by eric22222 in General.
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(Session 41 is up)

Gas prices are going up, and that’s good. Yes, you heard me correctly. Many years ago, someone noticed all the terrible things that our gasoline-driven habits were causing and said “hey guys, could we maybe drive less since, you know, it’s killing the atmosphere and everything?” The response was an overwhelming “we’ll get to it later.”

It’s later. The high gas prices are probably the most effective campaign against over-using gasoline. People are finally waking up to the complete inefficiency of private transportation. It’s simple mathematics. In fact, let’s go ahead and make this a math post. It’s been a while since my last one.

Man, the fuel efficiency of buses is not widely advertised. After a lot of searching, I found a forum of people who convert school buses, so I’ll use their poll results. With regular gasoline, 6 miles per gallon seems to be pretty popular, so we’ll take that as our average. Cars in America apparently average almost 25 miles per gallon. So, as long as the bus has at least 4.1667 people on board, the bus is as efficient for moving x number of people any distance y.

Originally, I was going to go into some serious physics on how carpooling would compare, considering the small extra weight of a few people compared with the weight of a car, then calculating a new effective mileage, but I’m tired and really don’t feel up to calculating anything more complicated than 25/6.

Anyway, I’ve finally started taking my bike around town, which is somewhat difficult since it’s a little off balance, the tires need air, the brakes are ineffective at best, and the back wheel rubs against the frame. Still, I made the ~1.5 mile ride to church tonight in 12 minutes, averaging 7.5 mph. Granted, the 4.5 mile ride to Chick-Fil-A won’t be nearly as easy, but I’d like to give it a try (allotting myself a few extra hours to rest once I get there).

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