Thursday, April 15, 2010

Need a reason to ride? Check out these!

“Why We Ride” by PeopleForBikes.org

• 47% of people would like to see more bike lanes, trails and bridges.
• 1 pound of CO2 emissions cut for every 1 mile pedaled.
• 50% of trips Americans make are less than 3 miles.
• $8000 spent on average each year owning and operating a car.
• 3 hours of riding per week reduces the risk of heart disease and stroke by 50%.
• $10 saved each day by commuting 10 miles round trip by bike instead of car.

I know I am preaching to the choir here, but I urge you to pass these stats on to motivate your peers to ride. May these figures also inspire you to find more creative ways to boost your training routine - like riding to work, dropping the kids off at school or daycare, making a quick trip to the grocery store, etc. Why do these things in your car only to have your training ride awaiting you once you return home?!

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