I think we have become too dependent on the automobile. I frequently get asked why I walk to church. My answer is, why do you drive to church? It is less than 2 miles to church and is easily done by bike or foot. So my question is what do you do by car that could be done by bike instead?
- Although 25% of all trips are less than 1 mile, 75% of these short trips are made by automobile
- If Americans were to bicycle instead of drive for 60 minutes a day, gasoline demand would be reduced by over 48 billion gallons.
- The average cost of driving a car is $8,946 per year.
- Average cost of driving is 59.6¢ per mile. If you were to replace 20 miles of commute (10 miles one way) per day 5 days a week you would save $59.60 per week, or $3,099.20 per year!
- Riding a bike improves your health and reduces obesity.
- Being obese cost between $2,646 and $4,879 per year. Add in the cost of lost life expectancy and the cost of being obese is $6,518 to $8,365 per year!
Riding a bike:
- Burns calories. On average 500 to 900 calories per hour depending on fitness level and effort.
- Can be done for many tasks that are commonly done by car
- Boosts energy by 20% and reduces fatigue by 65%
- Is good for your heart. Heart disease is the number one killer of women in the USA. Cycling reduces blood pressure and lowers cholesterol.
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