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By goDCgo . on 10/29/2010
Gas prices rose again in October, jumping double digits since the beginning of the month in most areas according to the American Automobile Association. So what is the true cost of driving? If you take into consideration not only gas prices and auto payments, but also maintenance for the wear and tear on your car, and especially parking, the costs are a lot higher than you might think. For a majority of DC commuters, taking public transit or commuting by bicycle is a much more cost effective way to get to work.

Curious to see how your transportation spending compares to others? MSN recently launched Bundle, a source that allows you to compare your own spending and saving habits to others based on location, age, household and income. According to their website the average DC resident spent $103 on gas and $235 on auto payments and maintenance per month over the last year.

Need help navigating the city without a car? Check out our interactive...
By goDCgo . on 10/25/2010
Neurology Magazine recently published an article that details some surprising benefits of walking. Not only is walking great for your physical health, it also benefits your brain. One study found that walking six to nine miles a week helped to maintain gray matter, which plays a part in reducing the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and other memory problems.

Need to find that perfect walking shoe? Popular shoe brand Rockport’s current ad campaign is all about Walkability – featuring fashion-forward, professional shoes especially designed for walking. For women in particular, Dr. Scholl’s and Gap...
By goDCgo . on 10/19/2010
Last month, Gallup poll reported that employees with longer commutes were more likely to report a variety of physical or emotional conditions. Gallup found that almost 1 in 5 U.S.  workers spent more than 30 minutes getting to work, and as those minutes increased, so did neck, back or other recurrent pain. Employees with lengthy commutes also reported a higher incidence of high cholesterol or obesity. Commuting takes a psychological toll on employees as well. Workers were less likely to feel well-rested and experienced more anxiety as their commute times rose.

goDCgo is here to help! We can assist employers in advising employees about their quickest, least stressful commuting options. For example, evidence suggests that using public transit goes a long way toward reducing the psychological stress and physical complaints associated...
By goDCgo . on 10/18/2010

New to bicycling and don't know where to start? Have a cycling story you are dying to share and only your fellow bicycle enthusiasts would appreciate? Willing to divulge your cycling secrets and expertise? We have just the place for you - visit goDCgoBikeForum.com to discuss all your biking needs.

The forum is sponsored through goDCgo's partnership with BikeArlington and allows for cycling to grow throughout the region as a common form of transportation. The District and Arlington County have joined forces through many venues, including the recent launch of Capital Bikeshare, and now happily host this forum to encourage the sharing of ideas and wisdom for bicyclists throughout the region.

By goDCgo . on 10/15/2010
Not sure how best to accessorize this season? According to the NY Times Fashion & Style section, a bike (preferably oh-so-retro-chic) is your must-have addition to this season’s wardrobe. The biking –around-in-anything-that’s-not-spandex craze isn’t just limited to the common folk trekking to work day in and day out—no, this includes the likes of celebrities Chloë Sevigny and Naomi Watts. And if the New York Times tells you that all the cool kids are doing it, well…need I say more?

We found it impossible to really distill the overwhelming edginess and relevance of this piece into a paragraph or two, but here are some snippets of the article’s most priceless gems of fashion writing:

·         “increasingly visible band of chic New...
By goDCgo . on 10/14/2010
The WashCycle had a great post yesterday on Melbourne's plan to sell helmets from vending machines and at 7-11 stores across the city. Would you buy a helmet for a trip on Capital Bikeshare if there were vending machines near the stations?
By goDCgo . on 10/14/2010
There is some very interesting data on Capital Bikeshare usage and demand located here. This great map looks like something CaBi members should check out!
By goDCgo . on 10/7/2010
The majority of DC area residents still use their cars as their primary mode of transportation for a variety of reasons, wreaking havoc on the local air quality. Sure, most people are well aware of the effect that vehicle emissions have on the environment, but often only in the abstract. What many of us don’t always perceive is the direct effect that our transportation choices have on our lives and health—right now.

If you’re one of the hundreds of thousands of area residents who don’t consider the environmental repercussions when you choose to drive alone, often idling for long periods of time in DC’s notoriously congested traffic, we ask you to reconsider. Columbia University’s Center for Children’s...
By goDCgo . on 10/5/2010

Check out the October edition of the goDCgo Newsletter. It's loaded with information including the Capital Bikeshare launch, the goDCgo Carbon Calculator, upcoming events and more. If you missed an issue, catch up here.