Burning 1 gallon of gasoline releases over 9000 grams of CO2 into the atmosphere!
As an average one gallon of gas will take you 20 miles of distance and will create 9000 grams. Now let’s do some math to figure out what we would save if we walk one mile or bike 10 miles.
10 mile bike ride
So let start with the bike first as this is the easy calculation. 10 miles are half of the 20 miles, so the the amount of CO2 we could save is 4500 grams which is qual to ~10 pounds. So you save 10 pounds of CO2 if you ride your bike for 10 miles. The good thing is as that you as well burn around 500 – 600 calories on a 10–mile bike ride at a normal traveling speed.
1 mile walk
The one mile walk is 1/10 of the 4500 grams of the bike ride. This means you can save ~ 450 grams of CO2 when you walk 1 mile!
A rule of thumb is that about 100 calories per mile are burned for a 180-pound person and 65 calories per mile are burned for a 120-pound person, the walking speed does not matter a lot.
So, both riding a bike or talking a walk is good for your body and soul and helps to stay fit. Try to built that into your daily or weekly routine and save some CO2 and burn instead some calories!