6th Annual Dump the Pump Day



6th Annual Dump the Pump Day

… or ride a bike

On June 16, 2011 American Public Transportation Association (APTA) and public transportation systems across the country will celebrate the 6th Annual National Dump the Pump Day.

For those who joined us for Bike to Work Day, this is a perfect opportunity to ride again.  With average gas prices in RI hovering around $3.80/gal, now is the time to rethink how you get yourself around.  You can read more about the national event on on the APTA website.



  • Dennis
    Jun 14, 2011 at 9:24 am

    Every day, Mark.

    Every day.

  • Labann
    Jun 15, 2011 at 3:44 am

    I visit the pump about 20 times/year. That's pretty infrequent with 2 vehicles that only get 20 mpg.

    If you shop at Stop&Shop and earn credits, they take off up to 40 cents/gallon at Shell. I filled up this month at $3.54/gallon, better than the prevailing statewide $3.89/gallon, but still too much considering most oil companies, especially XOM, are reporting record profits, but not posting any stockholder dividends.

    Boycotting oil will do nothing in the short term. They burnt down two gulf coast refineries for insurance money and to lower supply and raise prices. The only action that would make any dent in billion-dollar executive bonuses and public rape is an energy policy, but political campaigns thrive on oil lobbyists. Cheaper to buy politicians than pay taxes. There are actions more effective than denying yourself, but they cross the sacred line of capitalistic greed.

  • Jun 15, 2011 at 5:34 am

    I visit the pump about 20 times/year. That’s pretty infrequent with 2 vehicles that only get 20 mpg.

    Nice. I'm in the same ballpark and argue (discuss?) with people all the time that there is no reason for me to purchase a new car that gets better gas mileage. When you look at the combined mileage, including those my wife and I put on with bikes, we are already above where the hybrids could get us.

    Boycotting oil will do nothing in the short term.

    Let's try and look at the glass half full picture now and then… it's not all about boycotting oil, it's about giving people yet another reason to think about other ways to get themselves around. Help them try and break the immediate, knee jerk reaction of walking out like a zombie to get in their car, to drive the mile to the store that's less than a mile away.

  • Labann
    Jun 15, 2011 at 9:59 am

    I counter with…

    Automakers have invaded our lives so thoroughly, they've made it almost impossible to do what you suggest. Every chance they can they eliminate bicycling infrastructure in favor of motoring. There are no bike racks at stores or terminals. Shoulders are eliminated. Roads are made unsafe for everyone, including motorists. Too many licenses are issued with only profit in mind. Huge new traffic tribunal was built to squeeze revenue from motorists. Urban planning routinely ignores bike-ped. The lucky few who live/work near bike paths don't always notice how other parts of state are so unfriendly. LAB hasn't awarded one place in RI as such.

    Optimism is zombies sticking their head in the sand between railroad tracks, only a matter of time until they're run over. Citizens need wake up call to reclaim streets from politicians using them for extortion, among other things.