Bike to Work, School and Fun week is quickly approaching and the Truckee Meadows Bicycle Alliance (TMBA) has been hard at work expanding its outreach and gaining new alliance members to build on the success of last year’s weeklong bicycle awareness campaign focused on promoting healthy living and physical fitness through active transportation. The Reno-Sparks area is growing accustomed to a larger number of bicyclists hitting the roads and the TMBA hopes Bike Week will continue to grow.
Bicycling can help you live longer and better
- 3 hours of biking per week reduces the risk of heart disease and stroke by 50%
- Women who bike 30+ minutes a day have a lower risk of breast cancer
- Adolescents who bicycle are 48% less likely to be overweight as adult
- Bicycle commuting burns an average of 540 calories per hour.
- The average person loses 13 pounds in the first year of commuting by bike.
- The average American household spends over $8,000 per year on owning and driving their cars- more than they spend on food!
- A daily 4-mile bike commute will save about 66 gallons of fuel per year
- Most trips Americans make are short! 49% are less than 3 miles, 39% are less than 2 miles, and 24% are less than one mile. Ditch the car for that short trip and hop on a bike! You’ll find you can get there faster and for free via bike.
- Traffic congestion wastes nearly 3 billion gallons of gas per year in the U.S.
- For every 1 mile pedaled rather than driven, about 1 pound of CO2 is saved.
- There were 864,883 bike commuters in 2012.
Bicycling boosts the economy
- The U.S. bicycle industry sold $5.9 million in bicycles and equipment in 2008
- Twice as many bicycles are sold in the U.S. each year than cars
- Studies have shown that homes closer to bike paths are more valuable
So if you’re not convinced by all these numbers and facts, we suggest you put the numbers to the test and GET ON A BIKE! Try a ride through your neighborhood and we bet you’ll start feeling the many benefits of cycling. Bike to Work Week is meant to inspire people to change up their daily routine with a bike ride. Even supplementing riding your bike one day a week will help you save money and get healthy. Cheers to bikes!