There are lots of excuses for driving instead of riding your bike.
“It’s too cold.”
“I’m going too far.”
“I don’t want to show up sweaty.”
But these all seem flimsy when you consider the actual impact of choosing your car over your bike.
- The typical American family spends almost $8000 a year to own and operate a car, when you count the car payments, gas, oil, maintenance and repairs, licenses, parking, and insurance.
- Transportation of all types accounts for more than 25% of the world’s commercial energy use, and motor vehicles account for nearly 80% of that.
- Cars emit 20 pounds of carbon dioxide (CO2), a heat-trapping, illness-causing gas, for every gallon of gas burned.
Slowly but surely, statistics like this are starting to make economic, environmental, and physical sense to people in all walks of life. In fact, the percentage of people using a bike as their primary mode of transportation grew 45 percent between 2000 and 2009…in the United States alone.
In addition to being cheaper and cleaner than driving a car, a study published recently in the British Medical Journal found that bike sharing in urban environments can actually help save lives.
Want more compelling reasons to adopt the two-wheeled lifestyle? Scroll on.
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Infographic courtesty of Wellhome Energy Audits