Bicycle for a Day's mission is to empower individuals with tools which they can
use in their everyday lives to make a measurable, tangible difference to our community,
our environment and our personal health. There are dozens of things each of us can
do that have an immediate, positive impact on the environment. Bicycling is one.
Here are some facts about bicycling:
At our first event last September in New York City, more than 14,000 people visited
the South Street Seaport and learned more about Bicycle for a Day (BFAD). Families
came together, friendships were formed, and participants had a great time learning
more about their city, their community, and what they can do to renew their commitment
to a greener, cleaner earth.
- The average person loses 13 pounds their first year of commuting by bicycle.
- 3 hours of cycling per week can reduce your risk of heart attack or stroke by 50%.
- In 1964, 50% of kids rode to school and the obesity rate was 12%. In 2004, 3% rode
to school and the obesity rate was 45%.
- The United States could save 462 million gallons of gasoline per year by increasing
cycling from 1% to 1.5% of all trips.
- Each auto-commuter in the U.S. spends an average of 50 hours a year stuck in traffic.
In 2003, cars stalled in traffic wasted 5 billion gallons of fuel.
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