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Riding Bicycles Becoming an Economic Must

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 KENNEWICK, Wash. - Riding your bike years ago didn't attract much attention, but with today's gas prices, switching to two wheels is becoming an economic must.

65-year-old Mike Cork of Kennewick rides his bike everywhere he goes.  But this isn't anything new to Cork. He said he switched to his bike about a year and a half a go when gas reached $3.00 a gallon.  With gas prices at $4.00 a gallon now, he said riding a bike is saving him a fortune and wonders why more people aren't doing the same.

"You get a lot more exercise and it's better for the environment, and you save money riding a bike," said Mike Cork.

Cork said he rides about 40 to 50 miles a day, spending a good 3 to 4 hours on his bike.  As a side note, he is retired and those are hours working people just don't have.  But as a comparison to the amount of money he's saving, for a regular sedan, 40 to 50 miles a day will cost a rough estimate of $35.00 a week, $140.00 a month.  For an SUV a rough estimate will cost about $100.00 a week and  $400.00 dollars a month, depending on the vehicle.