2,871-lb MACHINE to carry a 200-lb MAN

You are using a 2,871-lb (average weight of car) machine to carry a 200-lb man. Is that not ridiculous? The bigger the car, the more ridiculous.

“Man on a bicycle can go 3 or 4 times faster than the pedestrian, but uses 5 times less energy in the process. He carries 1 gram of his weight over 1 km of flat road at an expense of only 0.15 calories. The bicycle is the perfect transducer to match man’s metabolic energy to the impedance. Equipped with this tool, man outstrips the efficiency of not only all machines but all other animals as well.” — Ivan Illich in “Energy and Equity”, 1978.

CAP Guide: Bicycle Is Best. Available here: https://consumer.org.my/product/bicycle-is-best/