Total energy use for bicycling - food, bicycle manufacture sale, repairs and maintenance, tires, and bikeway construction - amounts to about 1,300 Btu/mile. The comparable figure for urban automobile travel is 11,000 Btu-passenger-mile for trips of five miles or less. Thus a shift from cars to bicycles would save about 10,000 Btu/passenger-mile, a 90% reduction from the energy use for automobiles. IF 10% of the urban auto travel conducted during daylight and in good weather for trips of five miles or less was shifted to bicycles, the savings in 1971 would have been 180 trillion Btu, 1.8% of total urban automobile energy use. /AUTHOR/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Listed in ;Energy Research and Technology', NSF 75-6, May, 1975.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Oak Ridge National Laboratory

    P. O. Box 2008
    Oak Ridge, TN  United States  37831
  • Authors:
    • HIRST, E
  • Publication Date: 1974-2

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  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: 20 p.

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  • Accession Number: 00097099
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: ORNL-NSF-EP-65
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 15 1975 12:00AM