Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Bicycle Tuesday - Sextus (That's 6th in Latin)

If Americans made one 4-mile round-trip by bike instead of car each week, we'd burn nearly 2 billion fewer gallons of gas annually. At $3.64 a gallon, that's a savings of $6.6 billion.
- Sierra Club: Pedaling Prosperity, 2012

We all know that it costs much more to ride a bike than drive a car.... but what can you find wrong with the following chart?

That's right, there's no way that I only drive 15k miles a year!  On the other side, try to limit an enthusiastic cyclist to spending only $308 a year on bike parts and upgrades... now that is a kicker!  Nevertheless, the chart still does make a good point.

What about reducing traffic in cities?  Back in 1991, a photographer in Munster, Germany captured the amount of space required to transport the same number of people in different modes of transportation (bicycle, car, bus).

Keep in mind that these cars are also much smaller than American cars!  The bus actually takes up less space than the bikes, but then you're stuck to a predefined route.  How boring is that?

Now, wouldn't you like to give bicycling a shot?  I know, some of you might be thinking "but my arms are just too long to comfortably ride a bike."  Don't worry, there's still a bike for you!

So come join the fun!  Even Mr. T's doing it!

"I pity the flat"

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