Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Interesting facts about bike commuting

A recent newspaper article entitled Power Down: A numerical look at cars vs. bikes prompted me to search the California Bike Commute website for "FACTS ABOUT BICYCLING AS A COMMUTE OPTION." (their caps, not mine)

Here are just a few of the facts I found in their bike facts PDF file. You can visit their site for the whole list.

Only 1.67% of Americans commute by bicycle. 
In Japan, 15% commute by bicycle 
There are approximately 139 million automobiles in the United States. 
The number of bicycles in the U.S. is estimated to be about 103 million. 
One hundred bicycles can be produced for the same energy and resources it takes to build 
one medium-sized automobile. 
The average cost of a new car in the U.S. is $13,532. 
The average cost of a new bicycle in the U.S. is $385. 
In China, bicycles outnumber cars 250 to 1.  
And here's some good news:
The number of bicycle commuters doubled between 1983 and 1990, according to the 
Bicycle Institute of America. 


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