Chart of the Day: Travel Efficiency (Calories per Gram per Kilometer)

scientific american amazing bike efficiency chart

This chart from Scientific American magazine should blow your socks off. A friend of mine sent it to me a while ago. It charts a whole bunch of different “traveling animals and machines” and examines various efficiencies of movement.

Say what you will about bicyclists, at least we’re not lemmings. These different data points seem delightfully random. I’m sure you could find a host of insects that would blow the “man on bicycle” away in terms of efficiency. But if a fruit fly doesn’t do it, maybe not!

Bill Lindeke

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Bill Lindeke has writing blogging about sidewalks and cities since 2005, ever since he read Jane Jacobs. He is a lecturer in Urban Studies at the University of Minnesota Geography Department, the Cityscape columnist at Minnpost, and has written multiple books on local urban history. He was born in Minneapolis, but has spent most of his time in St Paul. Check out Twitter @BillLindeke or on Facebook.