Biking Benefits

The SOLUTION to some of the world`s biggest problems ARE IN YOUR GARAGE.

For your HEALTH:

* The average person loses 13 lbs. their first year of commuting by bike.
* Just three hours of bicycling per week can reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke by 50%.
* A 140-pound cyclist burns 508 calories while pedaling 14 miles in an hour.

GO By BIKE! For the WORLD

* The U.S. could save 462 million gallons of gasoline a year by increasing cycling from 1% to 1.5% of all trips.
* Each U.S. rush-hour auto commuter spends an average of 50 hours a year stuck in traffic.
* In 2003 cars stalled in traffic wasted 5 billion gallons of fuel.

GO By BIKE! For our FUTURE

* In 1964, 50% of kids rode to school and the obesity rate was 12%…in 2004, 3% rode to school and the obesity rate was 45%.
* Between 1960 and today the average weight of a 6-11 year old has increased 11 pounds.

GO By BIKE! For 2 miles or less

* 60% of the pollution created by automobile emissions happens in the first few minutes of operation, before pollution control devices can work effectively.
* 25% of all trips are made within a mile of the home. 40% of all trips are within two miles of the home, and 50% of the working population commutes five miles or less to work.
GO By BIKE!

Kick the HABIT. Which of your trips can you make BY BIKE? GO By BIKE!

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