April 13, 2012

Bicycles Are Best

"Every time I see an adult on a bicycle
I no longer despair for the future of the human race."

-H.G. Wells

I have read that the humble bicycle is the most efficient use of energy in the known universe. I'm not sure about that, but a bicycle IS the most efficient mode of transportation on Earth.

WorldWatch Institute published figures on cycling which compared energy (calories) used per passenger-mile (ppm) with other forms of transportation. It showed that a bicycle required only 35 calories ppm, whereas a car gobbled a whopping 1,860 calories.
There is a bike for everyone

A bus took 920 calories ppm, while walking took 3 times as many calories as biking the same distance.

A bicycle is an amazing feat of engineering - it is darn near a perfect design. 195 years after its invention it is still the most efficient form of transportation that we have managed to come up with.

Bicycles - the most efficient, the most fun, the most civilized.
"Other forms of transport grow daily more nightmarish. Only the bicycle remains pure in heart."   - Iris Murdoch


  1. I love bicycling. My town is currently constructing new bike/walk trails (to the already-existing system of trails) to some of the more outlying areas, as well as bike paths on some of our downtown city streets. Very happy about that!

    1. Fantastic! My town is also planning for more bike and multi-use trails (horses, too).

      More people will choose bicycles if they feel safe, and designated trails increase safety (and enjoyment).

      Have fun on your new trails and paths. Fresh air and fitness are good for the soul.


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