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.
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