Thursday, May 17, 2012

Interesting Facts

Since we have reached the halfway mark in Bike Month 2012, we thought we would enlighten you all with some pretty interesting statitics from the League of American Bicyclists.

-Short trips are up to three times more polluting per mile than long trips.
-Whenbicycling is substituted for short autotrips, 3.6 pounds of pollutants per mile are not emitted into the atmosphere.

-Ten bikes can park in the space used by a single motor vehicle.

-Over 66% of the adult US population is overweight and 32% of the US is obese, costing our nation $68 billion in health care and personal costs annually.

-One child out of every 4 is overweight in America. Bicyclists generally accomplish more work. There’s nothing like riding to stimulate circulation, relieve stress, allow creative thought and establish a positive attitude toward oneself and one’s environment.

-80% of people who switch from sedentary commuting to cycling improve their heart, lungs and blood vessels greatly in  6-8 weeks, so they get sick much less often.

-For a 180 pound man, a 10 mile round trip bike commute burns 400 calories. For a 130-pound woman this same commute burns 300 calories.

-In some large urban areas, it is possible to save over $200 per month on parking alone.

-If the real taxpayer subsidy of autoswere reflected in fuel taxes, a gallon of gasoline might cost as much as $9.00.
-Ten bikes can park in the space taken by a single motor vehicle.

Pretty interesting, huh? Gives you a lot to think about.

***PS- Don't forget Bike to Work Day is TOMORROW!

B-fit, B-green, B-cycle

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