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Short and Sweet: Rush Hour Commute, Sans Car — Carectomy - Removing Cars from People

Short and Sweet: Rush Hour Commute, Sans Car

by Joshua Liberles on May 16, 2008

Mat’s Commute from Mat Barlow on Vimeo.

A short film by Mat Barlow, committed bike commuter, takes us for a pleasant ride, sans the typical rush hour aggravations.  Shot from behind the handlebars, the film takes viewers with Mat as he cruises to work without a single red light, bottleneck, or highway back-up.   

If the appeal of foregoing snail-paced traffic and tailpipe fumes isn’t enough to convince you that bike commuting bests travel by car, Mat offers an arsenal of facts that should change your gears:

  • Each us commuter spends more than 50 hrs/year stuck in traffic
  • The cost is more than $6.3 billion in lost productivity and wasted fuel.
  • 40% of all us car trips are two miles or less.
  • 60% of a car’s emissions are created in the first few minutes of operation.
  • Just three hours of bicycling per week can reduce your risk of heart disease by 50%
  • Increasing cycling from 1% to 1.5% of all trips would save the US 462 million gallons of fuel.
  • In 10 miles, bicyclists save roughly $7.50 and reduce their carbon output by ¼ pound.

Sources: My Daily Ride and Bikes Belong.

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