#2 39 Days – and a lot more steps!
Well it’s been just over a month now. 39 days to be precise! Walking, cycling, learning about travel concessions, meeting people – and saving money along the way.
On my second day of no car I walked to work from my Flat: 1.3miles, 20 mins. I was actually very surprised by how well-mannered motorists who stopped waved me to cross roads – very civil. And during the month I also cycled across the Humber Bridge from my daughter’s house to work! All on my lovely new fold up bike.
Now, bearing in mind that my company, Systex, produces around 60% of the UK’s concessionary travel passes you would think that I would know when I could take advantage of it – not so I’m afraid! I simply thought that I couldn’t apply until I was 65 (on Dec 1st 2017). It turns out that I could have had one since 6 July 2015 !
It was time to make amends: I visited the Stockton Borough Council Concessions Unit to apply for the card and it turned out that our card bureau in Hull processed my application! One of our Eagle-Eyed Bureau team noticed my card being processed, and much to my embarrassment I was presented with my concessionary pass! Hurray.
I think my colleagues have been a little surprised when I have turned up with my bike at work or when meeting them off the train with my bike under my arm. Recently I have taken the plunge with the Hull Trains app. I used it when I travelled to London for the Tech Track 100 Awards. I was happy with the app but for some reason I felt the need to continually check that the ticket was still on my phone. Strange.
When I arrived in London I dug out my Oyster card for my journey to Cutty Sark and the Innkeepers Lodge that I regularly use there (£127 including full-English fry-up). Took the Northern Line to Bank and DLR to Cutty Sark. Scanned out and saw that I was out of credit on the Oyster Card so reverted to my bank card for the journey to the Tech Track 100 Awards dinner. I’m pretty well versed with Oyster and felt I handled this ok. Would a visitor or someone less used to travel in London have done this?
At the Tech Track 100 awards I sat next to Chloe Palmer from ‘Secret Escapes’ who lives in Edinburgh but works in London during the week – brilliant business model. I also bumped into my old mate and work colleague, Jeff Thomas. Amongst many investments and activities he finds time to be a patron of the Corsham Institute — “Working for a fair, inclusive, prosperous and creative society based on trust and security”. We made a pact to meet up ……. I’ll make sure it wasn’t the wine talking
So an active month and a social month. Also a cheaper month that the equivalent last year:
October 2016 Fuel £257.81; Train £208.63; Parking £32.55; Total £498.99
October 2017 Fuel £0; Train £210.70; Bus £4.55 Total £215.25
Cost of Fold-up Bicycle £349.99 – amortise over 3 years = £9.72 per month
October saving on previous year £274.02 (+ month’s car lease costs)