Austrian cyclists are saving the country thousands of tonnes of CO2 emissions each year.
The Austrian Auto Club (VCÖ) has reported that Austrian cyclists covered 1.62 billion kilometres on their bicycles last year, up from 1.4 billion in 2006.
The cyclists thereby saved Austria from 299,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions last year, according to VCÖ expert Martin Blum.
He cited higher auto-fuel prices, more health consciousness and climate-protection discussion as the reasons for the steady increase in the number of kilometres covered by cyclists each year.
VCÖ is calling on governments at all levels to make the country more cycling-friendly.