Depending on where you are, there’s a good chance that sometime this week it’s Bike to Work Day.
- Portland celebrated Bike to Work Day on May 16.
- Los Angeles’ celebration is May 17 and includes free rides from transit agencies: “Just board with your bike or helmet.” (Do you need a helmet to ride the bus in LA?)
- In Seattle, Starbucks Bike to Work Day is Friday, May 18.
- And Denver’s is … uh … June 27th.
In honor of BtWD, I’m going to reuse the sustainability tip I did for work this week and unleash it on the masses for their autoedification and autogratification. FYI, them links be your sources, in case you think I’m making all this up.
The bicycle is the most energy-efficient form of travel ever devised. A human walking spends about three times as much energy per pound.
Bicycling is a safe, low-impact, aerobic activity. A 150-pound cyclist burns 410 calories while pedaling 12 miles in an hour.
In one study, bikers expressed the highest levels of satisfaction, and least dissatisfaction, with their morning and afternoon commutes.
A Rodale Press survey found that Americans want to have the opportunity to bike to work instead of driving, with 40 percent of those surveyed saying they would commute by bike if safe facilities were available.
The energy and resources needed to build one medium-sized car could produce 100 bicycles.
Factoid of the Week:
Americans lead the world in parking lots, providing between 3 and 4 spaces for every car in the country (between 705 million and 940 million spaces total). Combined, parking takes up as much space as the state of Connecticut.