August 10th 2011 - Written by: Kelsy

Bike Share Saves Lives

Not only does bike share let you explore cities in a fun and carbon friendly way, now it turns out that implementing bike share programs might even improve safety.

From the Huffington Post:

A study of Barcelona’s bike-sharing program — called Bicing — showed that the system not only saved 9,000 tons of pollution from carbon dioxide, but it also led to 12 fewer cycling deaths a year. The study was published last week in the British Medical Journal.

Even though there were small estimated increases in cyclists’ deaths from traffic accidents and air pollution — 0.03 extra deaths and 0.13 deaths each year, respectively — the study found that about 12 lives were saved from the extra heart-healthy exercise per year.

Full article.

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!

Image: Pelodia

February 28th 2011 - Written by: Kelsy

Lane Love: Barcelona

Nothing makes us happier than seeing a separated bike lane… except for a separated bike lane next to a bike sharing station. This one’s in Barcelona, home to the Bicing system, which has been providing locals with easy access to bikes since 2007.

Have a lane that you love? Send us a photo! You can post it to our Facebook page, shoot us an email at blog[at]ospreypacks[dot]com or upload to our Flickr group and we might just feature it here on our weekly photo feature, Lane Love.

Image: Fransesc_2000


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