January 2012. 40 pages. By Elly Blue.
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Excerpts from Bikenomics
In this country we have a growing chorus of voices, from public health professionals to politicians to the First Lady, urging people to exercise more. But I know, because I grew up in suburbia, that people don’t eat unhealthy food and sit on the couch all day out of laziness.
As many as 60 percent of Americans say they would like to ride a bike more often, and most of us already have bikes stashed in the basement or garage. Of course, we want better options. And bicycle transportation is one of the most affordable and accessible, from an individual and civic perspective. At least, it has the potential to be.
Close to half of U.S. oil use today is in the form of gasoline. Most of this gasoline goes directly towards fueling automobiles. That’s 377 million gallons every single day – a bit more that a gallon per U.S. resident. That’s more than the daily amount of water most of us drink.
“Bikes don’t pay for the roads.” That’s frequently stated on editorial pages, blog comments, and shouted from car windows. It also happens to be false. When you ride a bicycle instead of driving a car or using transit, you are subsidizing other road users to the tune of, on average, about $3,000 a year.