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Bikes Outsell Cars in Oz — Carectomy - Removing Cars from People

Bikes Outsell Cars in Oz

by Joshua Liberles on January 23, 2008

OzBikes Bikes Outsell Cars in Oz
 

2007 marks the eighth consecutive year that bicycle sales have trumped the car market in Australia, with 1.47 million bicycles sold.

“Soaring petrol prices, concern over climate change, crippling traffic congestion and the desire to lead healthier lifestyles all contributed to the record breaking year” said Elliot Fishman, Policy Advisor at the Cycling Promotion Fund.

Bike_Car_Sales(1) Bikes Outsell Cars in Oz

In addition to the rise in sales, there’s also an increase in the amount people are riding. Cycling is currently the nation’s 4th most popular form of exercise and there has been a 17% increase in participation since 2001. Work commutes by bicycle in Melbourne have increased by a startling 42% in the same time, with a 22% increase across Australia.

The growth is most pronounced in dense city centers where bike access is part of the road plans. But there’s definitely room for improvement: 50% of car trips in Australian cities are less than 5km, with 30% under 3km. Those are certainly bikeable (and even walkable) distances.

In the U.S., initiatives like Clif Bar’s 2-Mile Challenge target these particularly-polluting short jaunts. Americans are slowly making steps away from their cars, but there are some lessons to be learned on this front from Oz.

Australia’s clearly heading in the right direction and partial carectomies abound. Advocacy groups aren’t sitting on their laurels though – national cycling organizations and 60 councils are proposing an increased investment in the country’s cycling infrastructure with the Healthy and Active Transport (HEAT) Proposal.

Photo via flickr by Cunaldo, Graph from Vote4Cycling.

 

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1 Bob November 14, 2007 at 4:52 pm

[quote]keep in mind that the waste/pollution associated with these 40 year-old cars represents a fraction of the environmental costs tangled up with all the car-trips they were able to replace and the refuse accompanying our car-consumption.[/quote]

Not to mention the environmental benefit in building a new reef – a new habitat. Will help out the tourism industry also.

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2 Kevin November 15, 2007 at 9:48 pm

Are are the reef’s from 2001 doing? If it’s well than this is another triumph over the car culture, remember the disaster that the tire reef off Flordia was?

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3 Shoughun November 16, 2007 at 1:50 am

Great indeavor…

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