No big surprise: Riding a bike provides more exercise than driving a car. But with cities embracing cycling by building bike trails and lanes and setting up bike-sharing stations, the general health effects of biking can now be studied en masse. Here are some interesting statistics:
- 64% Percentage increase in bike commuters from 1990 to 2009
- 54% Percentage of all bike trips purely for transportation
- 47% Percentage of Americans who want more bike facilities in their communities
At Taiga Company, we're big advocates of green cycling. I've blogged previously that bike commuting is a win-win for both businesses and individuals looking to reduce costs, embrace eco awareness, and adhere to business and personal sustainability programs. In fact, small business resources may be limited towards building a sustainable business; however, our sustainability consulting encourages employers to promote employee bicycling commuting as a great way to attract and retain those eco minded employees.
The post, Top 10 Benefits of Bicycle Commuting Programs for Businesses, explores bike commuting benefits to employers while the post, 10 Reasons to Bike Commute to Work, gives employees ideas and inspiration to ride to work.
But what about the health benefits of cycling?
- Women who bike for 30 minutes a day have lower chances of developing breast cancer.
- Adolescents who bike regularly are 48% less likely to become overweight as adults.
- 82% Percentage of bike commuters who believe their health has improved since they began bicycle commuting
Simply put, green cycling is bike commuting or just plain ole riding your bike. And, it is a win-win on so many different levels. Even if you don't ride a bike, we all enjoy the benefits of bicycling infrastructure. Every cyclist on the road is one less car, which means there is less need for expensive road projects that take money from other important government programs. Bicycle and pedestrian improvements cost a fraction of what it takes to widen streets and highways and improve the livability of our cities, attracting new businesses and development.
Become a two wheeled friend. Invoke your pedal power!