Washington, D.C. has moved from the bottom of the rankings to being a top 10 bicycle-friendly city in just ten years. “Why invest in bicycle infrastructure?,” asked Jim Sebastian, D.C. Department of Transportation. An eight mile car ride puts 15 pounds of air pollution into the atmosphere while the same bicycle trip creates no emissions. Bicyclists help reduce congestion. They create economic benefits. A district study found the biking industry contributed $24 million to the D.C. economy just through jobs for bike store employees. In addition, bicycle parking spots mean more customers can access storefronts. The health benefits are also well-known. In the district, 55 percent of residents are overweight or obese. “Leisurely bicycling burns 300 calories per hour. You also don’t have to go somewhere to exercise. It can just be part of your routine.”
Germany has never had so many cyclists, but the country lacks the infrastructure to handle the spike in two-wheeler traffic. Accident levels have increased dramatically, but experts say cities can't keep up.
The college recently received the Bicycle Friendly Award from the Northeast Georgia Regional Commission. The college was selected for the award based on its numerous programs in support of bicycling. Assistant Athletics Director Pete Sherrard accepted the award at a recent ceremony in Athens.
500 hours a year - or 2 hours each day - is roughly the equivalent to what the average American worker will work in order to pay for their cars (the average is between 1.46 hour/day and 2.90 hours/day depending on which data is used).