Does It All Add Up? Tracking Your Cycling Mileage

Dale Campbell - Bent Fork Chronicles Editor

Just look at the Club Miles register on our website ( and you’ll see how it all adds up. These numbers are often used in various discussions to demonstrate just how much a group of cyclists in Colorado Springs uses the city and county roads.

Other than Club rides, do you also track your personal or bike commuting mileage? Should we? That’s a question that has come up a number of times over the last several years. If the Club had a better understanding of how many more miles Club members accumulate throughout the year commuting to work, making quick trips to a store, or just getting out at the spare of the moment to enjoy a great weather day, this information could be quite useful. Just think…, if we could say that the 300+ members of this organization not only logged in excess of 80,000 club miles, but also were out on a bike riding another what – 160,000 miles a year? That number could have a big impact if we just understood what it could be.

That said, I’m wondering how many of us track our “non-club” mileage--10%, 50% or more? At the moment, we don’t know, but we’d sure like to find out. If you do track your non-Club mileage, send me an email and let me know. And, also let me know what “tool” you use to track the rides. Perhaps it’s nothing more than scribbling the miles on calendar pages. Or, maybe you zero out your distance on the cycle computer at the beginning of your riding year, and then take a look on 31 December (just before the Frozen Water Bottle Ride) to see how many miles you rode in the last year. Or, does a spreadsheet serve the purpose of tracking your mileage? I suppose your tool of choice could even be a website specific to the purpose, allowing you to log those miles on-line.

Remember, the input you provide will help the Club Board to determine not only if we should begin tracking overall mileage for advocacy and cycling support purposes, but also to help the Board to understand what tool or tools might best serve that purpose for the membership.

So, get your responses to me before 30 April!

BFC April 2011 Issue - Vol 4 Issue 2, 1 April 2011

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