I Just Gotta Tell Ya
- Between 2003-2007 number American bike commuters increased 38%.
- In 2007- 698 cyclists nationwide were killed and more than 44,000 were injured in collision with cars.
- In 2002, obesity-related medical care spending accounted for 11.6 percent of all private health care spending.
- A 130-pound cyclist burns 402 calories while pedaling 14 miles in an hour. A 180-pound cyclist burns 540 calories while pedaling 14 miles in an hour
- A 4 mile round trip by bicycle keeps about 15 pounds of pollutants out of the air. (WorldWatch Institute)
- 25% of all trips are made within a mile of the home, 40% of all trips are within 2 miles, but more than 82% of trips 5 miles or less are made by personal car. (Nationwide Personal Transportation Survey)
- Saves Money: bicycles cost less than cars to maintain, less taxes to be used in road maintenance, parking lots and structures.
Bike Friendly Cities (for complete list)
- Portland, Ore.- since 1992 the city has spent almost $60 M to enhance it bicycling infrastructure. while decreasing greenhouse gas emissions below 1990 levels.
- Columbia, MO- from 2007-2008, the number of cyclists riding midweek has increased by 71%.
- Boulder Co- 95% of major roads have bike landes or trails. Boulder was the first city to launch a Safe Routes to Scholls programs and encourage kids to walk or ride their bikes
- Tucson, AZ- All new street consturction is required to include bike lanes. The city developed a ‘Shared the Road’ saftety guide for bicyclists and motores.
- Davis, CA- Incorporated bicycling into its transporation structure. Davis, population of 60,000 has more bikes than cars.