I am a proud member of the League of American Bicyclists and I enjoy readaing the League's publication called "American Bicyclist."
I love bicycling because it's as non-partisan as you can get. American Bicyclist magazine had a nice feature featuring a conservative and liberal guest writer and I wanted to offer some of the highlights in the story authored by conservative Tom Bowden.
-- Properties located near bike paths are valued up to 14 percent more than similar properties without such facilities.
-- The bicycling industry supports 1.1 million jobs and generates $17.7 billion in tax revenues each year.
-- Each year we incur $166 billion on health care costs associated with traffic injuries and deaths -- caused by cars.
-- Replacing short vehicle trips with utility cycling can cut into the $56 billion per year in health care costs.
-- Cycling can help reduce dependence on foreign oil. A huge chunk of all petroleum fuels go to car transportation. Only 15 percent is related to getting to work, while 90 percent of all trips are less than two miles.