Did you know this? The increase in the number of people switching to cycles in the United States is helping to save a whopping $4.6 billion every year on gas and transportation costs.
These amazing findings have been published in a report by the League of American Bicyclists, Sierra Club, and National Council of La Raza (NCLR). The cyclists being in good shape, healthy as well as contributing to reduction in carbon footprint are not the only benefits. The whole process is contributing to the economy of the US.
As much as 40 percent of all trips are made within two miles of the cyclists’ homes. So, it is estimated that American drivers were to make just one four-mile round trip each week with a bicycle instead of a car so as to ultimately result in saving nearly 2 billion gallons of gas.
If $4 per gallon is considered, it accounts for a total savings of $7.3 billion a year. Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune opined that biking is an important aspect of a 21st century transportation system and it considerably reduces America’s dependence on oil.
So, all other commuters out there, even your minor adjustments to your 4-wheelers might double the savings rate. The average annual cost of operating a car is $8,220 and that of a bike is just $308.