So, I was planning to blog today about the terrific success of the Bay Village Bike To School Challenge that Century Cycles sponsored, but then I read The Plain Dealer while eating my oatmeal this morning and saw this happy headline: "The Lists: Bicyclists face danger." Chuck Yarborough goes on to list 13 or so statistics about bicycling crashes, deaths and injuries. (I can't find it on cleveland.com, so no link. Oh, darn.)
Now, I like Chuck Yarborough and this is nothing against him. In fact, he even worked as a bicycle rental dude for a day last year at our Peninsula store. But if the PD is going to go with death and mayhem -- such a happy way to start the summer -- I thought it only fair to show the other side of the story. Here's MY list:
11%: Percentage upswing in bicycling from 2007 to 2008.
44.7 million: People age 7 and older who rode a bicycle more than six times in 2008, up from 40.1 million in 2007 and 35.6 million in 2006.
#2: Bicycling's spot on Outdoor Foundation's list of favorite activities among Americans age six and older. (Running/jogging was #1).
71%: Of Americans would like to bicycle more than they do now.
3: Hours of bicycling per week that can reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke and depression by 50%.
30+: The number of minutes of a round trip bicycle commute that is associated with better mental health in men.
40%: In a study of more than 30,000 people, those who bicycled to work were 40% less likely to die during follow-up, regardless of how much other physical activity they got outside of commuting.
540: Calories burned per hour of bicycling. Two-thirds of American adults are overweight or obese. Obesity costs a company with 1,000 employees $285,000 per year.
Urban cyclists are exposed to less accumulated air pollution than bus commuters.
According the federal government, biking for fun and transportation can count toward the minimum 150 minutes/week of moderate-intensity aerobic activity recommended for physical health. It is also listed as the safest way to get physical activity.
Sources: Multiple, gathered by the League of American Bicyclits, NABD, NSGA, and other alphabet soups.