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Latvian bicyclists' brilliant demonstration of how bikes reduce traffic jams

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Let's Bike It/VK

In Latvia, as part of International Car Free Day, some cyclists went to a lot of trouble to tangibly demonstrate one huge difference between bikes and cars: the amount of space they take up on the road.

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Let's Bike It/VK

These photos, which the European cycling group Let's Bike It posted to the social network, show a group of bikers in Riga that strapped rickety car-sized constructions to their bikes to show how much space they'd take up if they were actually driving one.

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Let's Bike It/VK

The implication here is pretty obvious: if those cyclists actually were in cars, they'd dramatically increase traffic congestion. On the other hand, getting people out of cars and onto bikes is one way of cutting it.

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Let's Bike It/VK

The photos also call to mind a particularly well-known demonstration of the road space people in cars take up, in comparison to both bikes and buses.

In 1991, the German city of Münster commissioned a poster showing the amount of street space taken up by 72 people sharing a bus, riding bikes, or driving alone in cars. It's since been recreated several different times — most recently, in Canberra, Australia, by the Cycling Promotion Fund:

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(Cycling Promotion Fund)

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