Environmental Benefits of Biking PDF Print E-mail

There is a lot of focus these days on the problems with the environment.  Cars are a major source of the pollution that is contributing to the environmental problems we have today.  Especially in large cities the huge numbers of cars driven by people commuting to work everyday have a huge environmental impact.  Most people in the United States use their cars to make even short trips of a mile or less, causing major pollution damage. There's a way to help us all out of this mess - bicycling to work and the store.

Commuting to work using a bike has become very fashionable among young, hip, environmentally minded adults but it becoming more popular among other adults as well because of the health benefits of biking and also because commuting to work can seriously reduce the amount of pollution that is damaging the environment. Commuting to work by bike or using a bike to run errands and shop reduces pollution and also reduces oil and gas use which has environmental benefits and also can save money.

Using a bike to commute to and from work reduces the amount of pollution and can be far less stressful than sitting in traffic for an hour or more each way. Riding a bike to work and home is also a great way to get in a daily workout without having to hit the gym everyday.  You also can’t get make an excuse to get out of riding your bike when it’s your only way home! If you’re not up to commuting to work everyday by bike, consider commuting just one or two days a week by bike to start out with and working up to commuting everyday by bike. Or consider taking a bike to the train station, bus stop, or ferry.  Taking public transportation instead of driving has a lot of environmental benefits and riding a bike to and from the public transportation instead of driving a car will help the environment more.

 

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