Thursday, September 25, 2008

my mean green machine


for your health

  • the average person loses 13 lbs their first year of commuting by bike
  • just three hours of biking per week can reduce your risk heart disease and stroke by 50%
  • a 140 pound cyclist burns 508 calories while pedaling 14 miles per hour

for the world

  • the US could save 462 millions gallons of gas a year by increasing cycling form 1% to 1.5%
  • each US rush hour auto commuter spends an average of 50 hours a year stuck in traffic
  • in 2003, cars stalled in traffic wasted 5 billion gallons of fuel

for our future

  • in 1964, 50% of kids rode to school and the obesity rate was 12% — in 2004, 3% rode to school and the obesity rate was 45%
  • between 1960 and today the average weight of a 6-11 year old has increased 11 pounds

for 5 miles or less

  • 60% of the pollution created by auto emissions happen in the first few minutes of operation, before the pollution control devices can work effectively
  • 25% of all trips are made within one mile of home
  • 40% of all trips are make within two miles of home
  • 50% of the working population commutes five miles or less to work

for fun

ride your bike to the park, around your neighborhood, to the corner store; ride with the wind...


  1. I has a red huffy machine but i dunts know how to ride it. No one ever taughts me how. =(

  2. i wants bike.

    i may get one in the next week or two (money willing.)

    -- jas

  3. wafflecrisp: ask Santa for training wheels

    Liszt: hope u get one, i luvz mine. only 35 dollars (plus comfy seat, new tires, and tune-up, haha)