Sustainable Transport – Biking

Screen Shot 2015-05-04 at 4.27.05 PMSustainable Transport – Biking (Week #18)

Sustainable transport will be covered in several blog entries throughout the year because, according to the EPA,  27% of all GHG emissions are derived from land, air, and sea transportation of ourselves as well as the products and food we consume. And I should mention the sizable social and wellness costs of accidents, physical inactivity, pollution, resource depletion and time devoted to commuting. To move away from fossil fuel dependent energy transportation to renewable energy/resource systems would be ideal. Many European countries have replaced their aging infrastructures with innovative solutions to encourage their populations to adopt smarter, more sustainable lifestyles. In Copenhagen, 30% of their commuters bicycle to work. Screen Shot 2015-05-04 at 1.59.29 PM Sadly, in the USA, we are far behind.

As this week is national Bike to Work Week, May 11-15. I’ll start with bicycling. It is the 2nd most popular outdoor form of recreation, according to the Outdoor Foundation in 2014. According to the National Institute of Environmental Services, “The estimated health benefits of cycling were substantially larger than the risks relative to car driving for individuals shifting their mode of transport.”

We encourage you to disconnect from GHG emissions, fossil fuel commuting vehicles and cruise around on your bike!  Enjoy nature and get your exercise too! This week, we encourage you to ride your bike for at least five times; it can be to work, to school, to run an errand or visit a friend. Wherever you are headed this week, we challenge you to do it without a vehicle and take on the sustainable, healthy practice of riding a bike.

The WHY: Screen Shot 2015-05-04 at 4.17.26 PM These are a few of this sustainable practice’s benefits:

• More freedom to get around in difficult traffic situations

• Reduce your carbon footprint and manufacturing imprint

• Enjoy the fresh air Reduce the impact on pavement and less toxic run-off

• Reduce pollution

Get fit: • Improve cardio-vascular fitness • Lose weight (burn 600 calories an hour) • Reduce your chance of getting diabetes • Lower your blood pressure and build stamina • Build stronger bones and muscle tone • Reduces stress and improves well-being

• Save money!

Bikes are less expensive to maintain and operate! Free parking and no parking tickets! So, join your friends and neighbors in this great community event by hopping on your bike to get fit and have fun.

The WHAT: This week, your challenge is to join the nation in Bike to Work Week, May 11-15th.  Screen Shot 2015-04-29 at 12.57.29 PM The Deep Dive:

Find out more about National Bike Month here.

Join biking events at any of the following sites:

http://massbike.org/resourcesnew/bike-clubs/

http://www.bikeride.com/calendar/

Safety in numbers: more walkers and cyclists, safer bicycling and walking

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