Biking to work is growing in popularity each year in the U.S. As traffic gets worse and cities become more populated, commuters are looking for alternate modes of travel. Cities are now putting a lot more effort behind creating a bike-friendly environment to encourage more people to bike. Commuting by bike reduces carbon emissions, traffic and is much more cost-effective than driving.
Research is also backing up the claim that biking to work is a better means of commuting. According to studies, there are some real advantages to biking to work.
A typical passenger vehicle emits about 4.6 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Commuting by bike essentially has zero negative effects on the environment. While automobiles give off emissions that harm the ozone and environment, cycling is a completely green mode of transportation.
A study from the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy found that cycling could help cut carbon emissions from transportation by 11 percent. For this reduction to happen, 14 percent of travel in the world's cities would need to happen by bike or e-bike. This is a bike hike for the U.S., where less than 5 percent of trips currently happen by bike.
In areas of the world like Denmark and the Netherlands, biking accounts for more than 25 percent of city trips. These cities have different cultures than the U.S., but even busy Asian countries like Japan and China are taking between 15-20 percent of trips by bike.
Many U.S. cities are actively improving the environment for bikers by adding dedicated lanes and improving safety, which is increasing the number of bike commuters. Since 1990, the number of bike commuters has increased by 64 percent.