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Get On Your Bike To Save Money On Gas—And How Dutch Cycleways Were Paid For With…Gas

Get On Your Bike To Save Money On Gas—And How Dutch Cycleways Were Paid For With...Gas

Ride a bike, it’s cheaper than driving points out this stunt in Oslo, Norway. Sykkelmafia’n Cycle activists in Oslo, Norway, have erected a banner in…

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Ride a bike, it’s cheaper than driving points out this stunt in Oslo, Norway. Sykkelmafia’n Cycle activists in Oslo, Norway, have erected a banner in a supermarket gas station pointing out that cycling runs on cornflakes . The banner—erected next to the column with exorbitant fuel prices—features a bicycle icon next to “00.00.”

“No, wait, it always is,” snarked the activist.

If you drive a gasoline-powered car you won’t need reminding that the costs of motoring are currently rising; rising thanks, in part, to global oil shocks caused by President Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. To save on gas there are calls from across the northern hemisphere for 1970s-style speed limits to be introduced. Such reductions lasted in the US and the U.K. for some years following the OPEC oil crisis of 1973; motorists in Britain were even issued with fuel ration books.

The potential fragility of mass motorization was brought vividly to life for Dutch people in this period because the Arab oil embargo affected the Netherlands far more than any other European country. The Netherlands was targeted thanks to its being home to the oil company Royal Dutch Shell.

Faced with dwindling oil supplies, the Dutch national government decided that the best way for the nation to conserve fuel would be to limit Sunday driving. All of the country’s 3 million motorists were instructed to stay at home on Sundays, with the only exceptions being diplomats and 16,000 motorists belonging to “essential professionals,” such as doctors. Motor Fuel Ration Book’, c1973. A […]

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