Some good reasons to ride a bike


Car-centric Americans tend to dismiss bicycles as an alternative means of transportation.
But judging
from how bikes are used in Europe and in such U.S. cities as Minneapolis, Portland, Ore., and Boulder, Colo., they could help solve some of our major problems: obesity, traffic congestion, dependence on fossil fuels and pollution.
Consider a few statistics contained in the info graphic shown below:
— Ninety percent of Americans drive to work; 0.6 percent ride their bikes. This is despite the fact that 70 percent of Americans’ car trips are shorter than two miles.
— The average person will lose 13 pounds in the first year of riding to work.
— Fifty to 90 percent of emissions are caused by cars; 15 percent of all asthma cases are linked to living close to major roads.
— Twenty bikes can be parked in the same space as one car.
— An MIT study in Lyon, France, found that bikes are 50 percent faster than cars during rush hour.

Biking And Health
Created by: Healthcare Management Degree

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4 Comments

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4 responses to “Some good reasons to ride a bike

  1. Bike

    These are great, but the #1 reason people don’t bike here in America has got to be fear i.e. safety.

    Still a loooong road ahead to fix that one. I don’t have any answers other than not giving up.

  2. Have you told your readers yet that this link is a scam to suck in gullible cyclists?

    One reference about the scum, among many others:
    http://www.bikeshophub.com/how-bikes-can-save-us/

    I suggest caution about sucking stuff off the internet…

  3. If you need MORE, go to:
    http://eugenesrts.org/news/how-bikes-can-save-us

    Goodbye Jim, a one-way relationship has a limited lifetime. At least MY blog content is overwhelmingly original…

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