Exercise doesn’t have to consist of running on a treadmill (which I not-so-lovingly called “the gerbil wheel”) or counting down the minutes on the stationary bike. Not only can exercise be fun, it can be a means for transportation. Like a car or a plane, your body is a machine which is perfectly able to get you from point A to point B.
The non-profit Sustrans understands this and has taken great strides to create the National Cycling Network across the United Kingdom. Since 1977, the organization has helped create 10,000 miles of bike routes across the UK. Now, over 75% of Brits live less than two miles from a route. If everyone in the UK (approximately 61 million people) just biked five miles a week instead of driving a car, the entire country would save 526,727,396 gallons of gas every single year. That would allow someone getting 30 miles to the gallon to drive from New York to Los Angeles 5,267,2739 times.
If everyone in the U.S. (approximately 300 million people) biked five miles a week instead of driving, it would save 2,609,879,542 gallons of gas a year which would fuel 26,098,795 trips from New York to Los Angeles.
Take a look at what Sustrans is doing, and if you don’t already have one, get green, get fit, and get a bike today. Sun and Ski has gearheads in Texas, Florida, Tennesee, Oklahoma, North Carolina, Georgia and Ohio who would love to see you riding a bike.
**stats would assume vehicle is getting 30 miles to the gallon.**