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PEDALOPOWER 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. III 111 64% 54% PERCENTAGE OF ALL BIKE TRIPS PURELY FOR TRANSPORTATION PERCENTAGE INCREASE IN BIKE COMMUTERS FROM 1990 TO 2009 2009 . 47% | 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 1990 PERCENTAGE OF AMERICANS WHO WANT MORE BIKE FACILITIES IN THEIR COMMUNITIES ON THE MAP Many major cities across the U.S. have recently launched bike-sharing programs. LAUNCH YEAR MINNEAPOLIS/ST.PAUL, MN CHICAGO, IL d6 BIKES didib STATIONS 2010 b 1,550 2010 b 3,000 2013 6 300 2011 db 1,100 COLUMBUS, OH BOSTON, MA dob 170 di 300 dub 30 ddb 132 SAN FRANCISCO, CA DENVER,CO 2013 6 700 2010 6 709 duib 83 db 70 NEW YORK, NY 2013 b 7,000 didib 420 CHATTANOOGA, TN LOS ANGELES, CA 2012 db 300 2013 6 4.000 dee 400 dob 33 WASHINGTON, DC 2010 d6 3.700 ST.PETERSBURG, FL duis 333 SAN DIEGO, CA 2013 6 1,800 2013 b 300 di 180 * di 30 FORT WORTH, TX AUSTIN, TX 2013 o 400 MIAMI, FL 2013 6 300 2013 o 500 didib 28 dadb 40 de 50 RIDING HEALTHY The benefits to regular exercise are myriad and that includes cycling, which can have lifelong advantages. WOMEN WHO BIKE FOR 30 MINUTESADAY HAVELOWER 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 30-60 MINUTES PER DAY LENGTH OF TIME CYCLING TAKES TO IMPROVE HYPERTENSION RATES WE NEED THE EXERCISE 1/3 Less than Why? Because. of Americans a getting 30 minutes of exercise a day, the CDC's recommended minimum. are RORE THAN 1/3 of U.S. adults are considered obese. 18%: of children ages 6-11 are obese. Exercising Excess body weight is possibly responsible for more than regularly helps stave off depression and raises someone spends driving. there is a For each hour per day 100,000 self-esteem. new cancer U.S. each yea in the 6% increase in the chance of obesity. IT'SCOST-EFFECTIVE, TO. BIKING INSTEAD OF DRIVING IS HEALTHY FOR YOUR WALLET, BUT IT MAY BE EVEN BETTER FOR THE HEALTH OF CITIES AND TOWNS. mm$11.80 Benefits for every dollar invested in bicycling and walking $115 MILLION Annual healthcare costs saved in Portland, Oregon thanks to a regional biking trail network SEEING RESULTS Let's take a look at some cities where bike share stations and paths have been implemented and successful. MIDTOWNGREENWAY, MINNEAPOLIS, MN JOBS CREATED: BENÉFITS: 700 Home value increase, higher employment rate, number of cyclists increased to 3,500 per day JOBS CREATED 525+ WONDERS WAY PATH/RAVENEL BRIDGE, CHARLESTON, SC BENEFITS: VALENCIA STREET REDESIGN, 2/3 of path users get more exercise, connects East coast as part of 3,000-mile East Coast Greenway SAN FRANCISCO,CA JOBS CREATED: 745 volunteer jobs BENEFITS: JOBS CREATED: Bike traffic increased 144%, improved business in city, traffic collisions declined by 20%, motor vehicle traffic declined 10% 218 SCHUYLKILL RIVER TRAIL/WISSAHICKON PARK, PHILADELPHIA, PA JOBS CREATED: 1,050 | BENEFITS 58% of population uses the trail for exercise, cycling has prevented 47,450 tons of C02 emissions each year, invasive plant removal due to trail construction VERAKATZEASTBANK ESPLANADE, PORTLAND, OR SOURCES BENEFITS: 220% increase in biking, bioengineered riverbanks reduce pollution

Pedal Power

shared by caradelany on Sep 09
Biking is swiftly becoming one of the top ways for people to commute, run errands, or just have fun. As more cities become bike friendly, and more health initiatives encourage biking, it’s no wonde...


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