Chart of the Day: Oxygen Consumption vs. Speed

Forgive the blurry photograph, but here’s a chart from a 1970s bicycling study I found some time ago. It shows “oxygen consumption in cubic feet per mile” on the Y axis and “miles per hour” on the X axis. (Note the logarithmic scale.) Basically, it’s analyzing the efficiency of human movement at different speeds, comparing boat rowing to running to riding a bicycle.


Given this week’s discussion of run commuting, I thought it might be interesting. (PS bicycles win!)

See also: Chart of the Day: Travel Efficiency in Calories per Gram per Kilometer (lemmings vs. people on a bicycle)

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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.