Wednesday, October 7, 2009

The Top 10 Facts on Bicycling

America Bikes just released a list of The Top 10 Facts on Bicycling and Walking in the United States (list includes sources):
1. Bicycling and walking make up 10% of all trips made in the United States, but receive less than two percent of federal transportation funding.

2. Bicyclists and pedestrians account for 13% of traffic fatalities, but receive less than one percent of federal safety funding.

3. 40% of all trips in America are two miles or less, 74% of which are traveled by car.

4. Americans spend, on average, 18% of their annual income for transportation. The average annual operating cost of a bicycle is 3.75% ($308) of an average car ($8,220).

5. A small reduction in driving causes a large drop in traffic. In 2008, the number of vehicle miles travelled dropped 3%, translating to a nearly 30% reduction in peak hour congestion.

6. Transportation sources account for 70% of our nation's oil consumption and for 30% of total U.S. GHG emissions.

7. Simply increasing bicycling and walking from 10% of trips to 13% could lead to fuel savings of around 3.8 billion gallons a year. This is equivalent to having 19 million more hybrid cars on the road.

8. 89% of Americans believe that transportation investments should support the goals of reducing energy use.

9. 71% of Americans report that they would like to bicycle more. 53% favor increasing federal spending on bicycle lanes and paths.

10. For the price of one mile of fourā€lane urban highway, around $50 million, hundreds of miles of bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure can be built, an investment that could complete an entire network of active transportation facilities for a mid-sized city.
(As reported by EcoVelo)

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