Interesting facts

Some facts from other countries demonstrate why cycling is a good idea:

  • Bicycles are small, light, clean and silent vehicles. They are easy to ride, handle, and park as well as relatively easy to maintain, lacking high-tech parts. They use up little space: a 2meter wide cycle lane can handle at least 2000 cyclists per hour, which is the number of cars a 3.5 meter traffic lane can do
  • At traffic speeds of 30 km/h or less, they can be mixed with motorized traffic, without the need for extra space and simply increasing transport capacity
  • Bicycles are well-suited for trips up to 7 km, pedelecs even for trips up to 15 km. This means that a cyclist can cover a major part of the urban area, about 150 km2 around his residence. Generally, half of all urban car trips are less than 5 km. Up to 80% of Paris dwellers never travel more than 20 km from their residence in an average week.
  • Cycling speed is competitive with public transport on short distances. Public transport is attractive on slightly longer distances. For a trip of say 5 km, the walking-waiting- bus-walking chain will often take longer than cycling door-to-door.
  • Cycling has manageable drawbacks. Weather conditions, strong gradients, limited possibilities for transporting children and goods, risk of theft: these are the factors that keep many people from cycling. In fact, success stories in cities with rainy climates and hilly terrain show that these are not fundamental obstacles. At a reasonable extra cost, accessories or adapted bicycles are available to mitigate disadvantages: gears, rainproof clothing, baskets, tandems, cargo bikes or pedelecs. Certainly, the theft risk remains high, but this is something the city authorities should tackle.
  • A bicycle parking space can be constructed at 5% of the cost of one for a car.
  • 57% of Amsterdammers use their bike on a daily basis.
  • Facilitating cycling makes cities safer and more livable. Copenhagen considers cycling as essential in building a city for people. Cars may still be a status symbol for many, but local residents increasingly demand quality of life in their neighborhoods, meaning fewer and slower car traffic. In addition, home owners appreciate rising property values in traffic calmed areas.
  • 100 bicycles could be produced with the energy and the resources needed for the production and disposal of one single car.
  • 2/3 of all car trips in the city cover a distance below 5 km and thus could easily be replaced by the bicycle.
  • Up to 10 bicycles fit into one car parking space.

It has been proven that cycling:

  • Improves your health and fitness because regular cycling,
  • Improves the lung and respiratory functions,
  • Improves the blood sugar and blood lipid values,
  • Prevents obesity,
  • Strengthens the cardio-vascular system,
  • Reduces the production of stress hormones,
  • Releases endorphins which improve your mood.