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Cost Bus v Bike

By Bikerchiq • 4th April 2012 • 98 views

Today I discovered dear Cardiff Bus had put the price of a return ticket up from £3.20 to £3.40. I seem to remember once in my past life that the idea of busses was that they were cheaper than any other form of fuel using transport.

What?! £3.40 – a day – for one return trip of about 5 miles (2.5 each way).


Ok so you can go anywhere on a Cardiff Bus all day, should you want to, for £3.40. However, if you just want to nip 2.5 miles to town and back home, you will have to fork out £3.40. If I want to fill my bike with fuel it will cost me about a tenner. For this tenner I will go about 100 miles in city traffic.

Ok so if it is cold and raining I will get cold and wet. However, when I take the bike I do not have to spend up to half an hour waiting for a bus. I will not have to spend this half an hour listening to other passengers whining and whinging about how long they have waited for the bus. I will not have to sit next to someone with gut wrenching BO. I will not have to suffer getting sneezed and coughed on by allsorts. I can leave for both inward and outward journey EXACTLY when I like. I know when I will get home because I will not get stuck in traffic. I do not have to stop every 50 metres for people to get on and off.

And it costs me LOADS less in petrol. As there is free parking in Cardiff for bikes I can’t lose.

Er – unless I have some shopping to carry – and as I am a girl…..

Which is exactly why I was on the bus in the first place.

BQ x

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    klyyama said: On June 5, 2012


    My darling….I know they’re not cool and they probably not too comfy for you girls but I use a rucksack (backpack) everyday….

    I got a 35 litre pack with waist and chest straps (again the chest straps not to comfy for the girlies) but they stop the pack moving as you move on the bike etc….

    It’s also got a built in/attached rain cover which fully covers the pack (except straps) which is elasticated around the edge to stop it filling with air when on the move.

    It easily holds for your info 2 loaves of bread or 2 four pinters of milk with loads of room for other stuff..

    It only cost about £15 and is a Regatta 35L Survivor backpack and if my memory serves correctly I think they do it in Pink and in Lilac!

    Happy shopping and biking!

    KlyYama x

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    said: On August 12, 2012

    Expandable saddlebags for your bike will sort out that problem BQ…

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    Bikerchiq said: On October 6, 2012

    And for anyone who wants to see one of these Cardiff buses in real life go to you tube and see the’ Cardiff Bus Song;.

    It is a MUST! I Love it!