Jeff Nichols Celebrates a Milestone in his Great Bicycle Experiment

Jeff Nichols Celebrates a Milestone in his Great Bicycle Experiment HD Supply Facilities Maintenance Sr. Manager of Creative Services Jeff Nichols began his “Great Bicycle Experiment” in June of 2008. Jeff has been taking care of himself – and the environment – by biking instead of driving to work a few times each week. His commute is a 26-mile roundtrip through San Diego. Jeff celebrates the seventh year of his Great Bicycle Experiment with 15,158 miles ridden since his first bike ride to work in 2008.

“I did the math and it was costing me about $12 per day just to drive to and from work – not cool. Being a creative guy, that got me thinking. If I could ride my bike to work, I could save a bunch of money on gas and get a little exercise to shed those unwanted pounds,” said Jeff.

Aside from trailblazing the San Diego streets, Jeff has also improved his health, cut back on his commuting expenses, and contributed to sustainability. After saving 793.4 gallons of gas, avoiding three oil changes, and reducing his carbon footprint by 10,181.2 pounds, Jeff has saved $1,682.30 from this healthy lifestyle adjustment. He also burned more than 979,134 calories!

“Now my goal is to get to that elusive 25,000 mile mark so I can say I’ve ridden ‘around the world.’ At my current rate of riding that’ll happen in about 4 to 5 years,” said Jeff.

15K Milestone Fun Facts – Courtesy of Jeff “Pedal Power” Nichols: 

The circumference of the Earth is 24,901 miles.
“I’m two-thirds of the way around.”

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The Great Wall of China is 13,170 miles long.
“Done that!”

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San Diego, CA to Boston, MA is a mere 3,053 miles.
“I could do that in my sleep.” 

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Jeff Nichols Celebrates a Milestone in his Great Bicycle Experiment

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How Does Your Commute Measure Up?

Passenger travel is a big deal for our environment and maintaining sustainability. The chart above, via shrinkthatfootprint.com, compares the carbon intensity of various transportation methods. Cycling takes the lead as most climate friendly! Keep your gas guzzler in the driveway and revamp your commute by biking to work a few times each week. You could improve your health, wealth, and our Earth!

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