One of the fastest, most eco friendly, and readily available forms of alternate transportation is biking. Biking is an emission-less, human powered method of transport, which is useful because bikes moves quickly without an extraordinary amount of force, thus allowing the user to maximize the distance they have to go while utilizing minimal effort. Currently, bicycles replace 238 million gallons of gasoline per year, a statistic which suggests that many have already found the benefits of biking (League of American Bicyclists). However, this is a minimal amount of conservation considering that the United States uses a billion gallons of oil a day. If consumers were to replace cars for bikes, even just for short, intermittent trips, then an obvious decrease would be made in the United States carbon footprint. Aside from the environmental factors, utilizing bikes in place of automobiles would greatly reduce roadway congestion. Considering that six to twenty bicycles can fit in the space it takes to park one car, biking becomes an even more efficient mode of transportation (League of American Bicyclists). Short trips from home, which can be made by bicycle in place of car or truck, will not only reduce atmospheric emissions, but will also eliminate the need for commuters to sit in traffic, slowly leaking pollutants into the air, and taking longer to get to the destination than necessary. Biking should be seriously considered for most commuters, simply for the ease of use and environmental benefits. Biking is also currently the most efficient form of alternate transportation that has been developed (C.). Although cross country road trips may be out of the question for the average commuter, using bikes for short trips remains an undeniably beneficial mode of transportation. As one of the most efficient methods of utilizing human energy, which also remains eco-friendly, reliable, and attainable, biking is a most vital component to reducing Americans gross overuse of personal transportation.

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