Earth Action: Ride a Bike for Your Health and the Planet’s

Earth911 is honoring Earth Day’s 52 years of inspiring motion with 52 Actions for the Earth. Each week from Earth Day 2022 to Earth Day 2023, we are going to share an motion you may take to put money into the Earth and make your personal life extra sustainable.

This week, you may put money into the Earth by using a bike.

Action: Bike to Work

Transportation Impacts

Transportation contributes greater than a quarter of all U.S. greenhouse fuel emissions – that’s greater than every other exercise. North America’s automobile tradition ensures that we’ve the largest per capita carbon emissions outdoors of the oil-producing Middle Eastern nations. On common, Americans drive 13,474 miles per yr — equal to greater than 4 round-trip drives from New York to Dallas — in automobiles that common 25 mpg. Not many way of life adjustments might cut back our environmental influence as a lot as driving fewer miles.

Bike to Work Day

National Bike to Work Day is a mission of the League of American Bicyclists. It takes place on the third Friday in May in the United States (May 20 this yr) at the finish of Bike to Work Week, which is a part of the bigger Bike Month celebration that lasts all through the month of May. (In Denver, they do their very own factor on June 22). While the League is impressed extra by a love of biking than a specific environmental curiosity, the month-long celebration of Bike Month gives assist and encouragement that will help you get on a bike no less than as soon as.

And there isn’t a query that biking is a extra environmentally pleasant strategy to get round. It doesn’t simply minimize down on car emissions. Cycle-friendly cities are safer; in cities like Seattle, the presence of bicycle lanes has even been proven to cut back car collisions that don’t contain bicycles. Cycling contributes $261 million in public well being financial savings every year simply in the metropolis of Copenhagen, which is famously bike-friendly. In addition to being more healthy, cyclists are decreasing extra than simply transportation emissions, as a result of getting sick has a large carbon footprint.

Lasting Change

You would possibly bike each day for a month, each day of Bike Week, or simply on May 20. Maybe this weekend your motion is simply to dig your bike out of the storage and give it a tune-up so it’s able to go the subsequent time you are feeling like giving it a strive. Whatever motion you begin with, you’ll solely make a dent in your transportation footprint in case your motion this week helps to make a common change. But don’t be discouraged if it doesn’t convert you to a full-time cycle commuter. You would possibly find yourself biking each day however solely in summer season; or biking to work as soon as a week. If your work is just too far to bike, perhaps you may bike so far as the prepare station. Or select a completely different frequent automobile journey to interchange with biking.

If biking is bodily not attainable for you, get inventive with different eco-friendly transportation choices like carpooling or taking public transit. Bicycles are one nice transportation technique, however the level is to decrease your transportation footprint, so use this chance to rethink the method you get round.

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