Minnesota Drivers Kick Gas?

The Star Tribune covers a trend that began this summer, when the price of a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline was nearing $4 a gallon. Even as prices have fallen, Minnesotans are driving less, using more alternative fuels, and taking mass transit more often.

Are you one of the many Minnesotans that have changed their habits after the price of gasoline went up? Anyone taking a bike? Sharing a ride? Discuss.

2 Comments so far

  1. elpac on December 22nd, 2008 @ 6:04 pm

    over the summer i tried to convince my co-worker to carpool with me, even if it were only one or two days a week. she didn’t bite.

    i settled instead on taking the bus at least once a week — turns out that is a challenge, since the bus lengthens my commute from 20-25 minutes to a solid hour. winter weather is a good incentive to take the bus often, more so than high gas prices. well, easy to say now that gas prices have decreased so much!

    i hope to get a good bike in the spring.


  2. Paul Wenzel (pwenzel) on December 23rd, 2008 @ 2:36 pm

    After selling my trusty old ’91 Saturn in lieu of a Metropass, I am on track to save about $2200 a year (well, back when gas was $4.00).

    It adds about 20-30 minutes to my total daily commute (given walking+waiting), but on mornings when it’s -12F, I’m glad I don’t have to start a vehicle and drive on the icy roads.



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