Ten Things You Didn’t Know About Bicycles

We’ve already indulged ourselves in a few motorcycle facts. As professional couriers, it seems only right to shout a little about our push-pedal friends as well. Here are a few fun facts about our two-wheeled friend the Bicycle. Whether you rely on your bike for transportation or exercise or courier services, you’ll enjoy these ten fun facts on this two-wheeled vehicle.
1. The name for a ‘bicycle’ was not introduced until the 1860s, and was actually coined in France to describe a new kind of two-wheeler with a mechanical drive.

2. There are an incredible a half billion bicycles in China.

3. Over the past 30 years, bicycle delivery services have become a vital industry, especially in cities like Manchester and London where the couriers have earned a reputation for urban biking traffic-weaving skills.

4. Americans use their bicycles for less than one percent of all urban trips. Europeans bike in cities a lot more often—in Italy 5 percent of all trips are on bicycle, 30 percent in the Netherlands, and seven out of eight Dutch people over age 15 have a bike.

5. If you didn’t already know, the Tour de France is one of the most famous bicycle races in the world. Established in 1903, it is considered to be the biggest test of endurance out of all sports.

6. Bicycle Moto Cross (BMX) is an extreme style of bicycle track racing that became a sport in the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, China. About time too.

7. You can get pretty far on two wheels if you have the legs. Fred A. Birchmore, 25, circled the globe by bicycle in 1935. The entire trip, through Europe, Asia, and the United States, covered 40,000 miles.

8. Cycling 3 hours or 30 kilometers per week halves your risk of heart disease and strokes.

9. You can park about 15 bicycles in the same space that one car takes.

10. The bicycle has had some influential times in its history. Such as the time Orville and Wilbur Wright, who built the first flying airplane, used their bicycle workshop to build the 1903 Wright Flyer.

Big up the bicycle!

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