ENERGY COST COMPARISON BETWEEN BICYCLES AND CARS FOR URBAN TRAVEL

The direct and indirect energy required for urban travel by both bicycles and motor cars were compared. USEPA published mileage estimates and the Urban Driving Cycle were used in the case of motor cars; while for bicycles, a series of test rides were performed. While riding a simulated urban trip, bicycle velocity and pedalling rate were indirectly monitored. When combined with knowledge of the power required for propulsion, these data allowed for the computation of the direct energy used during the bicycle ride. Results show that for urban travel, the bicycle offers an energy saving of more than 90% over that required by the motor car.

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    Inderscience Enterprises Limited

    La Motte Chambers
    St Helier, Jersey,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Metz, D
  • Publication Date: 1983-7

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  • Accession Number: 00381841
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-035 587
  • Files: HSL, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Feb 29 1984 12:00AM