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How efficient is Bicycling?  Here is an egg-planation.

A 140 lbs / 62 kg bicyclist go ten miles per hour / 16 km per hour, burns about 25 calories per mile (1.6 km).  One extra large egg supplies 80 calories.   A cyclist can travel about three miles (5 km) on the energy of one egg.
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A person walking would require three eggs to go the same distance. (A 140 lbs / 62 kg person walking three miles per hour / 5 km per hour, burns about 80 calories per mile / 1.6 km)
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A loaded bus requires the equivalent of two dozen eggs for each person it carries three miles.
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A train requires the equivalent of three dozen eggs for each person it carries three miles.
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A car that gets 12.5 miles per gallon (~31,000 calories per gallon) requires the equivalent of 93 (7.75 dozen) eggs to carry one person three miles.
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Even if you double the miles per gallon (25 mpg) and double the occupancy (two), a car will still use the equivalent of twenty-three eggs to make the trip -- more than twenty times a bicycle.
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Even a Toyota Prius, getting 50 mpg, loaded with four adult (how often do you see that), consumes six times the energy per person of as the bicyclist, for the trip.
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FYI: For bicyclists who live on potatoes when they ride, there are about 130 calories in a small potato (1-2/3" to 2-1/2" in dia.) (138.0 grams)

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