Epilogue: Nashville Gas Crisis

I last purchased gasoline on September 14, a few days before the worst of the shortage. When I told the attendant at Costco that on September 27, he told me that some drivers would come in every day to top off the tank during the crisis and often only spent $5 at the pump. These drivers probably wasted $5 by making the extra trip to Costco.

Fortunately, I didn’t have to alter my habits during the recent gas crisis because:

  • I drive a fuel efficient car.
  • I combine trips.
  • I regularly use public transportation, which is difficult for most Nashvillians.
  • I drive at or under the speed limit.
  • I use cruise control to keep my speed steady.

Finally, I know that I have several options to conserve gasoline. I could ride my bicycle to and from the bus stop. This might be a little dangerous for a 50-something with clipless pedals, but I could try it. I could telecommute at least a couple of days a week for my job. A wireless lap top and a cell phone handily help me do this.


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    vicp said,

    Clipless pedals are very dangerous.
    I’ve been riding bicycles continuously since I was 5. Have even commuted to work year-round in suburb north of NYC, Had been using Shimno clipless pedals for about 10 years and had several occasions when I couldn’t release from the pedal and dumped over. The last time, at age 58, caused my right hip to fracture. I needed 2 surgeries and 6 months of rehab. After the accident I found out about two other cyclists who suffered hip fractures because they couldn’t release from their pedals.
    Needless to say I took them off my Trek and will never use them again.
    The Pain was not worth the gain.

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