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  1. 1. Did you know??<br />Cycling is......<br />
  2. 2. Save Time <br />Gosford & Woy Woy Station<br />Cycling Catchment Area (15min/5km)<br />Bicycles can be faster than any other mode of travel<br />When travel time is measured from door to<br />door for short-distance trips up to 5 km long <br />on a congested urban road network, bicycles <br />can generally be faster than any other mode<br />of travel. <br />When travel time is measured from door to door for<br /> short-distance trips up to 5 km long on a congested<br /> urban road network, bicycles can generally be faster<br /> than any other mode of travel. <br />
  3. 3. Get Healthy<br />The importance of physical activity and cycling to health <br />Cycling can help you get your recommended<br /> 30 minutes (2x15min bike trips) of activity per<br /> day, and help you:<br />control your weight<br />reduce your risk of chronic disease. <br />reduce stress and depression. <br />improve concentration and sleep. <br />tone and strengthen muscles. <br />improve energy levels.<br />Figure 2:Schematic illustration depicting the relationships between physical activity and health benefit. Adapted from Bouchard, 2001<br />The direct cost of physical inactivity to the Australian health budget in 2006/07 Was $1.49 billion <br />
  4. 4. Save Money<br />It makes good economic sense to encourage more cycling.<br />The cost savings to society of substituting<br />Bicycle trips for short car trips can be of <br />the order of 60 c/km, including: <br />Reductions in the cost of providing parking (It costs about $45,000 and 30m2to provide a car park . Based on Woy Woy commuter car park)<br />Transport makes up 16% of the average Australian family’s budget, a similar proportion to housing and food costs.<br />Running an average car in NSW costs <br /> between $7,500 and $16,800 a year. (a bike costs around 1% of that amount. 42.4 % of Gosford the households owns 2 or more vehicles, often used to park a commuter car parks)<br />By cycling, save at least $56.10 and 4.8 hours per week – even<br />more if parking costs and current fuel prices are considered.<br />
  5. 5. Save the Environment<br />Cycling is a sustainable mode of Transport<br /> and friendly to the environment.<br />About half of the greenhouse gas emissions produced by an average Australian family are from transport. In urban areas motor vehicles are the main source of air pollution<br />Using bicycles to replace short car trips… means: Less energy, less pollution, and less space for cars and roads….<br />A city…that is designed for higher levels of cycling can be cleaner… less polluting… and a more pleasant place to live.<br />
  6. 6. Cycling becomes safer when more people<br />cycle, bike paths and lanes are provided<br /> and the overall speed of traffic is lower.<br />Motor vehicles are the most significant<br />Source of harm in the transport system,<br />and pedestrians and cyclists bear a<br />disproportionate burden of traffic risk.<br />Road safety is increased by shifting people<br />out of cars and promoting cycling, walking<br />and public transport.<br /> Be Safe<br />Cycling has lower injury rates than most other forms of sport, exercise and active recreation– see Figure 1. <br />