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Americans Drive Twice As Much As Brits, & Bike 25 Times Less Than The Dutch

Lindsay Wilson of Shrink That Footprint just published a pretty awesome little infographic on some interest transportation statistics. Needless to say, the US compares rather depressingly to other countries in this arena. I keep up on this stuff pretty obsessively, but I have to say that I was quite surprised by some of the stats. Comments on those below the infographic.

Flying — Man, the Irish are going crazy! As Lindsay notes, that has got to be at least partially (if not largely) due to Ryanair.

Rail — Wow, I knew the Japanese were on top, but they’re way on top. Even more surprising, had no idea the Swiss rode the rails so much more than everyone but the Japanese. Oy, US…

Driving — Man, we drive that much more than Canadians and Australians! Wow. The scariest thing there, though, is how tiny China’s bar is on that one, and how much bigger the country wants it to become.

Biking — I’m with with Lindsay on that one: “Personally I prefer the Dutch option, as I wrote in my ode to Amsterdam.” For my perspective, I’ll throw in: 15 Things I Loved about Living & Bicycling in Groningen (the Netherlands) +25 Pictures.

But biking is great beyond the Netherlands. Also see:

  1. 7 Things I Loved about Living & Bicycling in Sunnyvale, Palo Alto, & Redwood City, CA
  2. 10 Things I Loved about Living & Biking in Chapel Hill-Carrboro, NC
  3. 10 Things I Loved about Living & Bicycling in Sarasota, Florida

Any other big thoughts?

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