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1) Bicyclists and pedestrians account for 13% of traffic fatalities, but receive less than 1% of federal safety funding.

2) Americans spend, on average, 18% of their annual income for transportation. The average annual operating cost of a bicycle is 3.75% ($308) of an average car ($8,220).

3) Bicycling and walking make up 10% of all trips made in the U.S., but receive less than 2% of federal transportation funding.

4) For the price of one mile of four-lane urban highway, around $50 million, hundreds of miles of bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure can be built, an investment that could complete an entire network of active transportation facilities for a mid-sized city.

5) Simply increasing bicycling and walking from 10% of trips to 13% could lead to fuel savings of around 3.8 billion gallons a year. This is equivalent to having 19 million more hybrid cars on the road.

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