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Re-Cycle's Minneapolis shop, called Recovery Bike Shop, has reduced the world’s CO2 emissions by nearly 2.5 million pounds.

The Re-Cycle Carbon Counter assumes that manufacturing a new bicycle produces approximately 350 pounds of CO2 emissions. We also assume that half of the bikes purchased through Re-Cycle will be used for a 3 mile commute (one way) for half the year. In other words, the average Re-Cycle bike is assumed to save 1.5 car miles per work day. We believe this to be a conservative estimate.

Re-Cycled bikes are likely to save more than just commuter miles for example. According to www.epa.gov for every mile you don’t drive your car, you save the world:
- 0.0465 gallons of gas
- 2.8 grams of hydrocarbons (react with nitrogen oxides in the presence of sunlight and elevated temperatures to form ground-level ozone. It can cause eye irritation, coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath and can lead to permanent lung damage.*)
- 20.9 grams of carbon monoxide (is a colorless, odorless, deadly gas. It reduces the flow of oxygen in the bloodstream and can impair mental functions and visual perception.*)
- 1.39 grams of nitrogen oxides (also contribute to the formation of ozone and contribute to the formation of acid rain and to water quality problems.*)
- 0.916 POUNDS of carbon dioxide (is a colorless, odorless non-flammable gas and is the most prominent Greenhouse gas in Earth's atmosphere.**).

All Things Considered on NPR reported on July 27, 2006 that the average car sold in the US gets 21.5 mpg (up from 21 mpg in 1981 (up from 20 mpg in 1900!)).

*National Safety Council, www.nsc.org

**Greenhouse Gases and Society by Nick Hopwood and Jordan Cohen (http://www.umich.edu/~gs265/society/greenhouse.htm)

How much do you ride? www.usatf.org/routes/map/
Then let us know so we can put more accurate numbers on this site.

Re-Cycle has attempted to be conservative in our estimates. Please, if you have information that you believe to be more accurate or would help give a more complete picture, please forward it to us and we will update this site appropriately. Please, please include sources and dates so that we can site it here. Cutter@Re-Cycle.com.
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