Active Transportation on Wheels
Biking vs. Driving in America
of trips in America can be completed within a 20-minute bike ride
of daily trips occur in cars
Source: Rails-to-Trails Conservancy; U.S. Department of Transportation
Bicycling is an ideal mode of transport for short trips in or around a city, providing environmental, social and economic benefits. For starters, bikes don't burn fossil fuels or spew out exhaust and greenhouse gases that cause global warming. They also don't generate noise pollution, a major health problem in cities throughout the world. Compared to cars, bicycles are more efficient, mainly by avoiding congestion, high fuel prices, costly road infrastructure projects and over-dependence on oil.
Bicycling also provides social advantages. People who ride their bikes to work often find themselves in better physical shape, which means countries can save billions of dollars on health care costs. And because bicycles are usually the cheaper alternative to cars and buses, many people in low-income areas or developing countries rely on non-motorized transport to get around.
Unfortunately, the number of bicycle trips has declined, as incomes rise, more cars are sold, and people's perceptions of the safety, security and prestige of riding on two wheels diminishes.
By promoting bicycling as a popular form of transportation, integrated with existing mass transit and land use planning, cities can become healthier and more attractive places to live.
bicycles produced in 2007
bike lanes in the Netherlands, the first country to adopt an official national bicycle policy
amount of C02 saved in one week if commuters in England traveled by bike for journeys under five miles
Source: Earth Policy Institute; Cycling England