Riding A Bike Could Save Your Life [Infographic]

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.

Future Of Biking

Related Reading:

City Law Seeks To Outlaw Bicyclists And Pedestrians

Bike To Work, Better Your Life

European Cities Create Anti-Driving Policies

Image Credit: Flickr – akakumo

Infographic courtesty of Wellhome Energy Audits

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will wizard
wiz wi4 years ago

more fun for a bicycle built for two

Kath R.
Kath P.4 years ago

I walk everywhere I go.

dve d.
wiz w.4 years ago

i like to ride my bicycle

Ellie Damann
.4 years ago


Elizabeth O.
.4 years ago

Voted: 'no!'

Alison No messages
Alison A.4 years ago

Interesting, thanks for posting.

Amina H.
Amina Hrnčić4 years ago

Thanks for the article. :D

Arild Warud
Arild Warud4 years ago

Unfortunately my back doesn't let me to much physical force,thanks for the info though.

Beverley Phillips

I'm a nervous cyclists and most drivers where I live ignore speed limits, soak pedestrians in the rain, never indicate, and on my route to work on 100m is in a cycle lane. BUT, I bought plenty of high vis clothing, remember I have a right to be on the road, and my confidence is improving and I found I actually like cycling now (I hated it as a child). I plan to keep on cycling even when it snows.

Bob P.
Bob P.4 years ago