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Ditch Your Car: Save America Billions in Gas Dollars

According to the League of American Bicyclists, brand new data released by their organization, as well as Sierra Club and National Council of La Raza (NCLR), showcases the many economic benefits of cycling in the United States. It opens with a strong statement referencing the lack of government funding for adequate bicycling projects, stating that “… though biking and walking account for 12 percent of all trips in the U.S., these transportation modes receive only 1.6 percent of federal transportation spending—far less than their fair share.”

The report then continues on with facts and information about the pure viability of bicycling as an inexpensive and cost-saving transportation option:
  • The average annual operating cost of a bicycle is $308 — versus $8,220 for the average car.
  • New analysis by the League of American Bicyclists shows that bicyclists in the United States save at least $4.6 billion each year by not driving.
  • If American drivers replaces just one four-mile car trip with a bike each week for the whol year, it would save more than 2 billion gallons of gas.

As Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune stated (via bikeleague.org), “Biking is an important piece of a 21st century transportation system. Biking reduces America’s dependence on oil and lets individuals bypass the gas pump, saving individuals money and protecting our health and environment from dirty oil pollution.” For that reason (and many more), biking should be focused on as a truly viable and economically-friendly mode of transportation — not just for select groups, but for everyone.

To view the full report and all of its data, go here.

PHOTO Via: Momentum Magazine

Every Wednesday on Ditch Your Car we’ll be bringing you just another reason to spend more time on two wheels. Be it a photo, a statistic or an inspirational video, we want to keep reminding you about why riding is great!

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