Pedaling Empowers Daily Active Life-styles

Transport Studies

When the state of Texas set aside $3 million for Safe Routes to School last year, 277 communities came up with $45 million for projects.”

Forty percent of all trips in the United States (and 50 percent in Britain) are two miles or shorter. More than 25 percent of all trips are under a mile in the United States.”

The International Police Mountain Bike Association estimates that more than 2,000 police departments in the United States, Canada, Australia, Iceland and Russia have bicycle units, with some 10,000 officers on bikes. Even better, the IPMBA reports that half of the police departments it surveyed saw a jump in arrest rates-by an average of 24 percent-when bicycles were introduced into patrol areas.”

In Bangkok, the average motorist last year sat in his car going nowhere for the equivalent of 44 working days. And in London, the average speed of a car today is little better than that of a horse-drawn carriage a century ago.”

Bicycle use is growing much faster than automobile use, not only because it is more affordable but because it has a range of environmental and social advantages: it uses far less land (a key consideration in a world where the cropland area has shrunk to barely one half acre per person); it does not contribute to pollution; it helps reduce traffic congestion; it does not contribute to CO2 emissions; and, for an increasingly desk-bound work force, it offers much needed exercise. Indeed, during the past three decades, in which annual car sales worldwide increased from 23 million to 37 million, the number of bicycles sold jumped from 25 million to 106 million.”