We Be Pedalin’ Happy National Bike To Work Day! - 05.17.2013
Hey, Tribe! This morning I remembered how cool it is to start my day with some fresh air. Normally, I go from my home to my car to my office and hopefully feel the breeze from my open windows. But today, today I rode my bike to work. I rode down Pacific Coast Highway, checked out the waves, struggled up a hill that is way steeper then my skill level and sweat much more than I like to before I start my day. And it was amazing.
I was so stoked that I felt the need to check out what all this morning goodness meant for the environment and it made my soon-to-be-sore legs jump for joy a little higher than my office mates are accustomed to. Check it:
Motor vehicles produce more than 30% of carbon dioxide emissions in the U.S., more than 80% of carbon monoxide, and about half of the nation’s nitrogen oxide emissions each year. When you ride your bike to work you are one of the 10% of Americans who aren’t driving a vehicle. Plus, riding a bike to work will save you money, reduce your carbon footprint, and get you healthy. Wow.
The monetary price of driving is a huge expense, second only to housing, so by swapping your car + gas + insurance for a bicycle + some food for fuel (my favorite fuel is Sambazon Amazon Superfoods, of course), you are already keeping your moolah where it belongs: in your pockets. Additionally, cycling 30 minutes daily will keep your body happy and therefore decrease your medical costs around $550 annually.
Reduce Your Carbon Footprint
The building of bicycles, compared to vehicles, takes much less energy and raw materials. Riding a bike means mining for fewer raw materials, which protects natural landscapes, reduces deforestation and pollution, and lowers the chances of contaminating water supplies. Plus, if you ride a used bike or make your bike a part of the family and keep it for a while, you are lowering your carbon footprint even further.
The more bike commuting takes place, the fewer cars, the less traffic and the less idling vehicles there will be on the road. If you were to bike five miles every day instead of driving, you could reduce your total household emissions by 6% and keep about 15 pounds of toxic pollutants out of the air we breathe.
Bikers tend to be in good physical shape and are less likely to be obese than motorists. In fact, new full-time bicycle commuters can even expect to lose an average of 13 pounds their first year of bicycle commuting if they maintain the same eating habits!
So whether you’re a modern commuter cyclist, an urban biker, a weekend rider, a beach cruiser, a road bike warrior, or a single speed hipster, we fully support all your biking adventures. Pedal your way into some good vibes and a good life.
We’d love to know how your Bike Month is going, Tribe. What’s been your favorite thing about biking more this month? (Oh, and don’t forget to enter to win a Dutch-style bike + a case of Blended Breakfast this month, we are taking entries until May 31. Get the details here.)