U.S. Bicyclists Save $4.6 Million Per Year

May 22, 2012

U.S. bicyclists save $4.6 million per year in gas and transportation costsDid you ever wonder how much money you could save every year just by riding a bike to work, to school, to the store or every time you leave the house? Well, here is an interesting fact and just in time, since it is National Bike Month.

Thanks to reports from the League of American Bicyclists, Sierra Club and National Council of La Raza (NCLR), we now know that U.S. bicyclists save $4.6 million per year regarding gas and transportation costs. Yes, you read that right. That’s quite a bit of savings.

Just think, now when you’re biking, you get exercise, reduce your carbon footprint and save dough all at once. Doesn’t get better than that does it?

Treehugger.com also reports that if everyone made a tiny adjustment to their driving habits, the number could nearly double. The average annual cost of driving equals about $8,220, while biking only costs $308.

“Forty percent of all trips are made within two miles of home. Analysis by the Sierra Club shows that if American drivers were to make just one four-mile round trip each week with a bicycle instead of a car, they would save nearly 2 billion gallons of gas. At $4 per gallon, total savings would be $7.3 billion a year,” Sierra Club states.

“Biking is an important piece of a 21st century transportation system,” said Michael Brune, Sierra Club’s executive director said. “Biking reduces America’s dependence on oil and lets individuals bypass the gas pump, saving individuals money and protecting our health and environment from dirty oil pollution.”

Will you start biking more to save money and the environment?

Photo Credit: Allyson Koerner