Fun Facts About Bikes

We may be a bit biased, but at Business Bikes, we think bikes are pretty cool. We’ve found that they can be great marketing tools for your business, whilst adding a green and healthy touch, making you a popular choice with both clients and employees. No longer will unnecessary bus, rail or taxi fares be an issue they have to deal with, instead, your employees will be active, alert and healthy. In case you need any more convincing for why bikes are amazing, we’ve come up with a list of fun facts about bikes.

  • The bicycle is the most efficient vehicle ever invented, in terms of calories expended per kilo and kilometre. This makes it more efficient that jet packs, cars and trains.
  • The cost of maintaining a bike is on average twenty times less than driving and maintaining a car.
  • An average 16 kilometre commute costs £7.33 less when you cycle to work. Cyclists also save about 5 kilos of carbon dioxide and will burn an extra 360 calories.
  • Research suggests that by tripling the number of cyclists will cut motorist-cyclist crashes in half, making the roads a far safer place.
  • Americans use bikes for 1 trip in every hundred, and if they increased that to just 2%, they could save 3.5 billion litres of petrol and diesel every year.
  • You can halve your chances of strokes and heart risks just by cycling three hours per week.
  • Over 90% of cycling trips are less than 15 kilometres. As 25% of all trips are within 2 kilometres of home and 50% are less than 5 kilometres, there’s no reason to no cycle.
  • For every one car parking space, you could instead store an average of 15 bikes instead.
  • There are twice as many bicycles in the world than there are cars, a figure of around 1 billion. It’s estimated that every year, 50-100 million new bicycles are manufactured.
  • The bicycle ride was completed by an American man called John Howard, who rode his bike at nearly 250 kilometres per hour in the slip stream of a specially designed car.
  • The longest tandem bike can fit 35 people on it and reaches a length of over 20 metres.
  • Before the design of the modern bicycle, pedals and cranks were located on the front wheel of a bike. In order to increase the speed of bicycles, front wheels grew up to 64 inches in diameter.
  • The popularisation of the automobile severely impacted the popularity of the bicycle, as riding a bike became a lot more dangerous at that time.