According to a recent article on GOOD Transportation, Ride For Your Life: In Barcelona, Bike Sharing Saves More Than Gas “a successful and widely used bike sharing program in Barcelona prevents 12 deaths a year.” Supported by a recent study published earlier this summer by the British Medical Journal, which based it’s findings on citywide shifts in commuter habits, as affected by the bike sharing program which was launched in 2007.
This news isn’t surprising when you consider the facts:
- On average, commuting 10 miles a day by bike instead of car burns 110,250 calories (keeping off 30 pounds of fat each year)
- Commuting by bicycle for 15 minutes each way (about 2-3 miles) meets the Center for Disease Control’s minimum recommendation of 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity per day
- Regular physical activity (such as bicycling) may help reduce your risk for many diseases including cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, colon and breast cancers, and osteoporosis. It also helps to control weight; contributes to healthy bones, muscles, and joints; and reduces falls among older adults
Both Washington DC and New York City are set to launch new programs in the coming year with 10,000 bikes located at stations throughout each city respectively, with hopes to increase those numbers exponentially in coming years. The decision to go ahead with these plans were highly influenced by a 2009 report issued by the Department of Transportation which outlined the considerable environmental and health benefits of such a program.