Thursday, March 31, 2011

Cut foreign oil: Ride a bike

President Obama wants to reduce our dependence on foreign oil by one-third by 2025. Oil consumption in the U.S. is three gallons a day per capita. The use of gasoline comprises 45% of that oil use. One obvious, inexpensive way to reduce that consumption, especially in urban areas, is to use bicycles. According to the good one-page summary "When People Ride Bikes, Good Things Happen" by Bikes Belong, "Most trips Americans make are short: 49% are less than 3 miles, 39% are less than 2 miles, and 24% are less than 1 mile."

Are you reducing your dependence on foreign oil? If you read this blog you probably are, and we should be proud that we're part of the solution, not part of the problem, when we ride our bikes for short trips. A lot more people would do the same if they had safe, convenient ways to make shorts trips by bike. "47% of Americans say they would like more bike facilities in their communities."

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