Cycling Facts

This is a public service announcement on behalf of humanity……courtesy of the Dutch Government website……thank you to them for a clear explanation of why it is so good to cycle and to invest in cycling.

Health

Cycling helps to reduce the risk of various illnesses, such as diabetes, some forms of cancer, cardiovascular diseases, and depression.

• Two-thirds of Dutch residents aged 18 and over associate cycling
with joy.
• People who walk or cycle to work tend to be more satisfied, less
stressed, more relaxed, and experience greater freedom compared
to people who drive their car to work.
• Bicycle use not only improves physical health, but also has a
positive impact on mental health and subjective well-being.

Cycling is economical

• Cycling is a cheap mode of transport. The annual costs of cycling
range from 175 to 300 euros. By comparison: the costs involved in
driving a car range from 2500 to 8500 euros a year, based on an
average annual mileage.

• Cycling also scores well in terms of the social impact of a kilometre
of urban travel by bicycle compared to such costs involved in
a kilometre of travel by car or by bus: each kilometre of bicycle use
yields a social benefit of 0.68 euros, whereas cars and buses cost
society 0.37 euros and 0.29 euros per kilometre, respectively.

• The annual infrastructure costs per traveller kilometre are
0.03 euros for bicycles, 0.10 euros for cars, 0.14 euros for buses,
and 0.18 euros for trains

Environment
• Switching from a car to a bicycle saves 150 g of CO2 per kilometre.

• Each 7 km by bicycle rather than by car will save an emission of
1 kilogram of CO2.2

• Cars are used for 3.6 billion short trips (< 7.5 km) annually (In Holland).

• Replacing all these short car trips by cycling would save roughly
2.0 megatons of CO2 per annum*

*2 million megatons equates to the volume of approximately 2 million three bedroom houses/flats with a footprint of 1200 sq. feet and a height of 12 feet.

Summary
• Cycling leads to a longer and healthier life:
–it helps counteract various illnesses, such as diabetes, some
forms of cancer, cardiovascular diseases, and depression;
–it is an efficient way to prevent obesity.
• Cycling is relaxing, convenient, and economical:
–cycling takes you from door to door and offers individuality,
flexibility, and freedom;
–it is a cheap mode of transport and yields substantial social
benefit.
• Cycling improves accessibility and, compared to cars, involves
lower greenhouse gas emissions and less air pollution:
–switching from a car to a bicycle saves an average of 150 g of CO2
per kilometre and 0.2 g of NOx per kilometre.

Thank you Holland.

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