Saturday, 10 May 2008

More bikes sold than cars-again

By Australian Cyclist : 01-Mar-2008

Cycling has become the fourth most popular physical activity, with more than 1.6 million Australian adults cycling in 2006, an increase of 17% from 2001. Census figures also show many Australians have also rediscovered the bicycle as a commuter. "Cycling trips to work grew at an average of 22% across Australian capital cities, with Melbourne soaring 42% between 2001 and 2006," added Fishman. The heaviest growth in cycling has occurred in inner-city areas with better bicycle infrastructure.

FACTS
*Over 50% of car trips in Australian cities are under 5km and 30% are less than 3km.
*The majority of children's car trips to school are less than 3km.
*Transport is responsible for 34% of household greenhouse gas emissions.
*Medibank Private research shows physical activity for just 30 minutes a day could save the Australian health-care system $1.5 billion a year.
*Annual government road spending: $7.5 billion. Cycling infrastructure: $100 million.
*Australians currently riding to work save $72 million annually in traffic congestion.

Full story here: http://www.australiancyclist.com.au/article.aspx?aeid=5871

1 comment:

  1. Hi. Please join the Bicycle to Work! LinkedIn networking group. Members pledge that they will try to ride their bicycle to work or on an errand at least once a week. Although the benefits should be obvious, let me outline them here.

    Right now people in the industrialized world are facing two very grave problems: obesity and a growing scarcity of oil. Compounding this problem is the new food shortage brought about, in part, by the conversion of food cropland to bio-fuel crop production. Most people feel powerless to help, but there is one thing that we can do. Ride our bicycles to work.

    If everyone would agree to ride their bikes to work one day per week we could cut oil consumption by as much as 10-15%. No one would argue that riding a bike burns more calories than driving the car. Although popular politically right now, most bio-fuels consume more energy than they produce. We would be much better to eat those bio-crops then use our own energy to transport us around.

    So spread the word. Make it a movement! Bicycle to work one day a week and do your part to cut back obesity and the overuse of oil and precious cropland.

    Just go to my profile at http://www.linkedin.com/in/jeffreylstevenson and you can click on the group to be included. While you are there, don't forget to ask to link to my network of more than 8,000,000 like-minded professionals. I accept all invitations and look forward to meeting you.

    Jeff

    ReplyDelete