Did you know May is National Bike Month? It's the start of summer and the perfect time to get people thinking about ulterior means of transportation. You may have already participated in Bike to School Day, Bike to Work Day, or even Bike to Work Week this month, but don't let that be the end of your cycling adventures. Bicycling has been proven to reduce carbon emissions and boost health in those who ride. Despite this, in most cities cyclists and pedestrians don't get the attention they deserve from governments. The Alliance for Biking and Walking recently released their annual Bicycling and Walking Benchmark Report which revealed some interesting facts.
12% of all trips are by bicycle (1.0%) or foot (10.5%).
But, states spend just 1.6% of their federal transportation dollars on bicycling and walking. This amounts to
just $2.17 per capita.
Bicycling and walking projects create 11-14 jobs per $1 million spent, compared to just 7 jobs created per
$1 million spent on highway projects.
In 2009, 40% of trips in the United States were shorter than 2 miles, yet Americans use their cars for 87% of trips 1 to 2 miles. Twenty-seven percent of trips are shorter than 1 mile, yet 62% of trips up to 1 mile long are by car.
Bicycling and walking levels fell 66% between 1960 and 2009, while obesity levels increased by 156%.
Between 1966 and 2009, the number of children who bicycled or walked to school fell 75%, while the
percentage of obese children rose 276%.
So funding for biking and walking is not in tune with the percentage of people who participate despite such funding being able to create more jobs. Also, as biking and walking levels have dropped, obesity has increased. While correlation does not imply causation, it seems pretty clear that an increase in support for alternate transportation would do well for everyone! So get out and bike, take others with you, and let those in charge see you!
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