NORMAN — As a single mother of three, Lynette Lobban of Norman sometimes feels sick to her stomach when she fills up her 2002 Toyota Sienna minivan.
"It's a great vehicle with kids, but the last time I filled up my 17-gallon tank, it cost $60. That's about $1 for every five miles,” she said.
Lobban's commute from her home to the University of Oklahoma Foundation where she works is five miles roundtrip, which she says isn't bad, "but by riding my bike I can save $60, or an entire tank full of gas each month.”
Lobban's daughter, Sarah, 17, was thrilled a year ago when she got her driver's license and a used Oldsmobile Alero to drive around Norman. Nowadays, the Alero sits in the driveway.
"Part of the reason is the price of gas, but the other reason is Sarah is concerned about the environment. She's decided she doesn't want to add to global warming so she rides her bike or walks whenever she can,” Lynette Lobban said.
Sarah Lobban rode her bike to school almost every day last year. It's a habit she is passing on to her sister. As a senior this fall, Sarah plans to bike, and Hannah, who will be a freshman, plans to join her.
To further save on gasoline, Lynette Lobban said she frequently enlists Sarah and Hannah to bike to the grocery store or drugstore when the family only needs a few items.
Staff Writer Jane Glenn Cannon