While Americans like buying shiny new bikes, to the tune of over 26 million bikes per year, valued at over $6 billion in 2011, it seems once we buy them, the poor bikes suffer from a serious case of neglect and underuse.
According to statistics provided National Bicycle Dealers Association (NBDA), and the National Household Travel Survey, the average bicycle in the U.S. has a life span of 8.5 years, is ridden about 62 miles per year, for a total of approximately 525 miles over its short lifespan. This is less than the average Dutch cyclist averages in just a single year.
In fact, even though there are over 100 million bicycles in the U.S., biking only accounted for .2 percent of all miles travelled. Walking did slightly better, accounting for .7 percent of all miles travelled.
Riding a bike reduces pollution, improves traffic conditions, and is a healthy and fun mode of transportation. Sadly, the U.S. ranks at the bottom of the industrial world in terms of bicycle usage.