Australia is campaigning to get more people to use the bicycle for transport. Unlike in many other countries, women and older people in Australia are less likely to cycle, and the government is keen to change this.

The Cycling Promotion Fund encourages Australians to get into cycling as a way to stay healthy and help the environment.

But those aren’t the only benefits – bicycle use in Australian cities rose by an average of 22% between 2001 and 2006 and a new study by the Cycling Promotion Fund has calculated that this saved the government an impressive $227.2m AUD (US$217m) every year in healthcare costs. Via Treehugger


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