Some Things To Think about

  • In a year, a typical North American car will add close to 5 tons of CO2 into the atmosphere
  • The average number of barrels of oil consumed daily in the US is 17 million
  • Driving consumes 43% of those barrels of oil
  • Over the last 20 years the average length of a commute has increased 40%, miles driven has increased over 50% and time spent in traffic has increased 225%
  • According to the Federal Department of Energy more than 50% of the working population in the US lives within 5 miles of the place they work
  • Although more than 60% of all trips are 5 miles or less fewer than 1% are actually made by bicycle
  • One fourth of all trips people make are one mile or less, yet three fourths of these short trips are made by car
Cycling can help the environment
  • A four mile round trip by bicycle prevents the production of 15 lbs of air pollution
  • A seven mile commute by bicycle instead of car each day saves almost 9 pounds of hydrocarbons, more than 66 pounds of carbon monoxide, 4.4 pounds of oxides of nitrogen and 1319 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions annually
  • If just one out of every 10 commuters who now drive to work switched to bicycling, the savings would amount to 2 billion gallons per year and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 25.4 million tons
  • 8 bicycles can be parked in the space required for just one car

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