Energy cost comparison between bicycles and cars for urban travel
by D. Metz
International Journal of Vehicle Design (IJVD), Vol. 4, No. 4, 1983

Abstract: The direct and indirect energy required for urban travel by both bicycles and motor cars were compared. USEPA published mileage estimates and the Urban Driving Cycle were used in the case of motor cars, while for bicycles, a series of test rides were performed. While riding a simulated urban trip, bicycle velocity and pedalling rate were indirectly monitored. When combined with knowledge of the power required for propulsion, these data allowed for the computation of the direct energy used during the bicycle ride. Results show that for urban travel, the bicycle offers an energy saving of more than 90% over that required by the motor car.

Online publication date: Sun, 25-May-2014

The full text of this article is only available to individual subscribers or to users at subscribing institutions.

Existing subscribers:
Go to Inderscience Online Journals to access the Full Text of this article.

Pay per view:
If you are not a subscriber and you just want to read the full contents of this article, buy online access here.

Complimentary Subscribers, Editors or Members of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Vehicle Design (IJVD):
Login with your Inderscience username and password:

    Username:        Password:         

Forgotten your password?

Want to subscribe?
A subscription gives you complete access to all articles in the current issue, as well as to all articles in the previous three years (where applicable). See our Orders page to subscribe.

If you still need assistance, please email