Did You Know?
 
Commuting to work by bike instead of by car for one year* means you:

• save $600 in fuel, and lots, lots more on car maintenance and parking money
• reduce the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, obesity and stress
• don't have to worry about finding a park
• burn 11 kg fat
• reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 1.2 tonnes (CO2)
• inhalae fewer air pollutants
• reduce congestion on our roads
• live a healthier and happier lifestyle

(*based on 5 days a week for 48 weeks,
10 km or 1/2 hour ride each way

Why wouldn't you ride ?!!!

but wait - there's more....

About 800 million bicycles are in use throughout the world - twice the number of cars in existence.

On a bicycle you can travel from Sydney to Brisbane on the energy equivalent of a single litre of petrol.

For the price of an average family car, you could buy 100 bicycles.

With the materials used to manufacture that same car, you could manufacture those same 100 bicycles.

A 1-hour bike ride burns about 400 calories (equivalent to 3 Mars® bars).

Only around 6% of personal commuting trips in Perth are by bike, compaerd to up to 50% in some European cities.

Transport in Australia accounts for 77 million tonnes (or 14%) of Australia's total greenhouse gas emissions - a figure that could be reduced by swapping your car for a bike

Regular cycling reduces the risk of heart disease by 50%.

By cycling regularly, you can expect to be as fit as an average person ten years younger than you.

Cycling reduces blood pressure, as well as reducing the risk of fatal and non-fatal heart disease and stroke.

Exercise such as cycling has been shown to be associated with reduced rates of cancer (such as bowel and possibly breast cancer), diabetes mellitus, and cholecsytectomy (in women).

Cycling leads to improved air quality in urban areas, and in particular a reduction in the production of ozone, carbon monoxide, sulphur dioxide, and volatile organic compounds.

To learn more about the benefits of cycling, visit:

www.abc.dotars.gov.au



 
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