New data released by the League of American Bicyclists, Sierra Club, and the National Council of La Raza show that American cyclists save at least $4.6 billion by cycling instead of driving, reports Forbes.
"The average annual operating cost of a bicycle is $308, compared to $8,220 for the average car, and if American drivers replaced just one four-mile car trip with a bike each week for the entire year, it would save more than two billion gallons of gas, for a total savings of $7.3 billion a year, based on $4 a gallon for gas.
Unfortunately, even though 80 percent of Americans believe funding for cycling- and walkability-related infrastructure should be maintained or increased, and even though cycling and walking account for 12 percent of all trips in the United States, support for those transportation modes accounts for only 1.6 percent of federal transportation expenditures.
But comments made by Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood indicate that there might be federal government support for changing this basic inequity.
Making it easier and safer for people to walk or bicycle “is a matter of fairness,” Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood wrote on his blog Fast Lane on Friday. “Many Americans cannot afford a car or are physically unable to drive. According to a recent Brookings Institute report, more than 10 percent of Americans not only don’t own a car, but don’t even have access to a car. In our cities, that number is even higher.”
It'd be fantastic to see similar support for transportation funding fairness here in Canada.
Thanks to RTH reader arienc for linking to this article in a comment.
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