Save gas, save money, save planet, save on your gym membership - get on a bike!
I wish roads were designed in a more bicycle friendly way. There is seldom a separate bike path, and some roads here in Boston Metro West are really narrow, at times a car can hardly pass a bicyclist (I'm thinking Old Connecticut Path in Weston and Framingham, for example).
Still - getting on a bike is a great way of transportation when we are talking shorter distances.
I came across an ad in front of a coffee shop. The sign was quite informative.
- Just 3 hours of bicycling per week can reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke by 50%
- If you bike 4 miles round trip each day instead of driving, you will save about 66 gallons of fuel per year
- That same daily trip will burn 36,000 calories in a year - the equivalent of over 10 lbs. of fat
- 40% of all trips are within two miles of the home
- You can park 14 bikes in the same space you can park one car
- The US could save 462 million gallons of gasoline a year by increasing cycling from 1% to 1.5% of all trips