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Published May 18, 2012

League, other groups release new biking data • DeFeet recognized at White House ceremony • CrossBikeReview to bestow awards

WASHINGTON, DC (BRAIN) Friday May 18 2012 9:22 AM MT—Bicyclists in the U.S save $4.6 billion per year by riding instead of driving, according to a new fact sheet being released by the League of American Bicyclists, the Sierra Club and the National Council of La Raza.

Other facts from the sheet:

  • If American drivers replaced just one four-mile car trip with a bike each week for the whole year, it would save more than 2 billion gallons of gas.
  • From 2001 to 2009, Hispanics, African Americans, and Asian Americans took up biking at faster rates than other Americans, representing 21 percent of all bike trips in the U.S. in 2009.

 
"Biking is an important piece of a 21st century transportation system," said Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune. "Biking reduces America's dependence on oil and lets individuals bypass the gas pump, saving individuals money and protecting our health and environment from dirty oil pollution."


DeFeet recognized at White House ceremony

WASHINGTON, DC (BRAIN) Thursday May 17 2012 12:10 PM MT—Sock maker DeFeet International was one of 41 companies honored by Commerce Secretary John Bryson at a White House ceremony Thursday.

Bryson presented the companies and organizations with awards for their contributions to the expansion of U.S. exports.

DeFeet, of Hildebran, North Carolina, has always manufactured its own products since the company was founded in 1992. The Commerce Department noted that in September 2001, the company lost its entire factory to fire.

"DeFeet was able to continue knitting and rebuild," the Commerce Department noted in a release. "The company is committed to making quality products using locally sourced materials, employing skilled craftspeople, and minimizing waste."


CrossBikeReview accepting submissions for annual awards

PORTLAND, OR (BRAIN) Friday May 18 2012 9:13 AM MT—Cyclocross website CrossBikereview.com will award annual prizes in three categories this fall. The site's producers are accepting nominations in the Cross Bike of the Year, Cross Show of the Year and Cross Gear of the Year categories. The award includes a custom trophy featuring the site's logo cut out of steel. For information on entering the awards, email owner Scott Mares.


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