Every minute you’re on your bike is a minute you aren’t driving a car or playing
video games. And those minutes add up. Consider these points.
- The U.S. could save 462 million gallons of gasoline a year by increasing cycling from 1% to 1.5% of all trips. In 2003, cars idling in traffic wasted 5 billion gallons of fuel.
- 60% of the pollution created by automobile emissions happens in the first few minutes of operation, before pollution control devices can work effectively.
- 24% of all trips are made within a mile of the home, 40% of all trips are made within two miles of the home, and 50% of the working population commutes five miles or less to work – distances that can sometimes be easily covered on the right bike.
- Staying home and playing video games uses tons of electricity – about 16 billion kilowatt-hours per year. That’s enough to power the city of San Diego for a year. And that’s just power consumed by video game consoles in this country. It doesn’t even count all the trips to the fridge you’d make while playing.
source: NRDC issue paper November 2008, Lowering the Cost of Play, NRDC.org