Cycling facts and figures

Cycling facts and figures

  • 3 hours of biking per week can reduce your risk of heart disease by 50%
  • By 2006 only 4,100 primary school kids were travelling to school by bike (that’s a decrease of 83% in 20 years)
  • Cycling is the quickest mode of transport in an urban environment for trips up to 6kms
  • Cycling speed is approximately three times that of walking speed.
  • If a car trip is replaced by a bike trip, then you save around 200 grams of CO2 per kilometre travelled.
  • If a person living 4km from work cycles to and from work throughout the year, rather than driving, over the course of the year, around 300kg of CO2 emissions are avoided.
  • To make a bicycle requires only a fraction of the materials and energy needed to make a car.
  • Twenty bicycles can be parked in the same space taken up by one car.
  • A cyclist can travel 10,000kms on the energy equivalent of a litre of petrol.
  • In Holland 30% of all trips made are by bike. It’s less than 3% in Ireland but is increasing.
  • The average annual rainfall in Dublin less than that of Amsterdam (804mm), a city that has a strong cycling culture.
  • The average number of wet days endured by everyday cyclists is less than 12% of days cycled