22 May '12, 3am

U.S. Cyclists Save $4.6 Billion Per Year by Biking

U.S. Cyclists Save $4.6 Billion Per Year by Biking

While the health benefits of biking are well-documented for both cyclists and the planet, it turns out that the U.S. economy is a bit more in the pink thanks to all that pedaling. Sure, the simple act of cycling instead of driving can reduce carbon footprints and trim waistlines, but it adds more than just a little girth where it counts -- the pocketbook. According to a new report from the League of American Bicyclists , Sierra Club , and National Council of La Raza (NCLR) , cyclists in the U.S. save a whopping $4.6 billion every year on gas and transportation costs. And, if all other commuters made even minor adjustments to their four-wheeled, gas-guzzling routines, that figure could be nearly doubled. Considering that average annual cost of operating a car ($8,220) versus that of a bike ($308), the push towards more cyclists commuting doesn't just make environmental sens...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/bikes/us-cyclists-save-46-billi...

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