Americans Spend More on Driving than Healthcare, Education and FOOD.

The healthy and wealthy bike, the poorest spend 1/3 of their income on TRANSPORTATION . . . mostly on cars.  From The League of American Bicyclists:

More and VIDEO after the jump!

• 40% of all trips are within two miles of the home  (my commute is 6 miles, and takes 25 minutes including the Queensboro Bridge)

• 50% of the working population commutes five miles or less to work (HALF could switch to bicycles)

more than 82% of trips five miles or less are made by personal motor vehicle

• American households devote 18 cents of every dollar spent on mobility

• 98%  of that for the purchase, operation, and maintenance of automobiles

• American families spend more on driving than health care, education or food

• more than one-third of the poorest families income goes to transportation

Acording to a Virgin Vacations study and the League of American Bicyclists:

Top Eleven Bike Cities
Virgin Vacations lists the following eleven cities as being the most accessible and bike friendly, though they do concede there are many other gems out there too.

1. Amsterdam, Netherlands
2. Portland, Oregon, USA
3. Copenhagen, Denmark
4. Boulder, Colorado, USA
5. Davis, California, USA
6. Sandnes, Norway
7. Trondheim, Norway
8. San Francisco, California, USA
9. Berlin, Germany
10. Barcelona, Spain
11. Basel, Switzerland

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