Commuting and lifestyle facts:
- 90% of children who lived within a mile of their school walked or biked to school in the 1960's. Only 31% do so today. (Salon.com 2004)
- The annual costs of car ownership in the United States in 2006 were $9,641 for a vehicle driven 15,000 miles. (AAA)
- Percent of trips by travel mode - all trip purposes (John Pucher, Transportation Quarterly)
- Obesity by country (OECD Health data 2005)
- #1 United States 30.6%
- #14 Germany 12.9%
- #20 Netherlands 10.0%
- Ada County bicyclists currently make approximately 55,000 trips per day, reducing more than 5,000 weekday motor vehicle trips and eliminating 37,000 miles to daily vehicle travel and 21,000 tons of vehicle emissions per year. (ACHD Bicycle Master Plan)
As a nation, the benefits are real when we get together and bike to work, school and play. Although more than half of the U.S. population lives within five miles of their workplace, lack of knowledge and incentive has deterred many from commuting by bike. According to the 2007 American Community Survey, only 0.5 percent of trips to work are made by bicycle even though the 2007 National Household Travel Survey, states that 40 percent of all trips made are two miles or less; and of those trips that were between 1.1 and 2.0 miles in length, 89.4 percent were made by car.
The benefits of cycling to the environment, community, our personal finances, and our health are very clear. This is why Boise Street Smart Cycling exists. Our cycling education program is designed to provide adults and youth with all of the knowledge required to ride more safely, more confidently, and more often.
Steve Jacobsen authored a 2003 study that showed cyclists and pedestrians gained safety in numbers. ‘What I’m saying is that there is a strong response from the motorist’. ‘If the motorist expects to see someone walking or bicycling, he will behave accordingly’.
This is why Boise Street Smart Cycling exists.