Sunday, November 4, 2007

The bicycle is the most efficient vehicle

I caught this post a couple weeks ago on TreeHugger. For me, this is a bit of preaching to the choir, I know, but I simply can't resist. The original post came from Transport & Mobility Leuven in Belgium. I don't know anything about them, so I have no idea how much credibility to attribute to them, but (again), this is a matter of faith for me. :-)
Did you know that the bicycle is the most energy efficient transportation mode? It is 3 times more efficient than walking, 5 times more efficient than using the train and 15 to 20 times more efficient than driving a car.

1 comment:

nicomachus said...

Hey Jack,

Those statistics come from Ivan Illich's Energy and Equity and get tossed around a lot by bike advocacy groups. I have no reason not to think they're accurate, but I haven't read anything to back them up either. Illich's book is a great read, if you haven't read it.