Stree-free, CO2-free commuting is getting easier, safer, and more enjoyable every day. For a typical person in the U.S., about 15% of the CO2 they generate going about their life (their carbon footprint) comes from getting around, their overal ground transportation. It is even more if you drive a gas guzzling pickup truck or SUV, or have a long daily commute.
If you live in the heart of an urban area, your transportation-related CO2 is much lower than a typical suburbanite! In fact, urban dwellers are really carrying the ball in reducing carbon output from their transportation, mostly because they are more likely to bike, walk, and use public transportation versus sitting in outer loop highway traffic in gas-guzzling SUVs.
Using your bike to handle short trips – visiting a friend or running an errand is a sure way to reduce your carbon footprint. There are fewer and fewer excuses not to bicycle over to a friends apartment, go shopping on your bike, or run a couple of errands – even bike to work. To quote a wise running buddy, “if you look for an excuse, you can always find one!”
Cycling Around Town On Your Bike Is Now Easier?
Many major cities around the globe have been busy installing bike lanes, traffic signals, and educating drivers to share the road with bikes. As usual, both Europe and Asia are the trendsetters in this effort, but a growing number of major U.S. cities have made impressive strides towards a more bike-friendly environment. With these new dedicated bike paths and lane markings, supported by bike new crossing signals, and most importantly better (but still not great) driver awareness and courtesy towards cyclists, lately, we are seeing more and more casual biking on the road. But there’s still room for a lot more. Too few of the global citizens have modified their transportation habits. Too few have lifted themselves out of their comfy cars and avoided needless CO2 emissions by pedaling instead of pressing down the gas peddle.
With transportation energy kicking out 15% or more of your carbon footprint, shifting a few miles every week to bike miles, instead of car miles, and reducing your overall annual mileage is an easy, cost-free way to reduce your carbon footprint and shave a little CO2 emissions off your footprint.
Every year, Bicycling.com releases its list of the top 50 cities in the United States that were the most “bike friendly.” Typically Portland (OR), Minneapolis, Boulder, Washington DC, and Chicago, top the list.
Three Keys To More Quickly Integrate Biking Into Your Life
Other than the basics riding essentials of a good helmet, a sturdy lock, a nice new LED light, and maybe a backpack for extra carrying capability. There are two items to will ease you into a care-free frequent habit of using your bike instead of your car or public transportation.
Bring Along Tunes, Text, and GPS Assistance
Green Blizzard‘s favorite biking companion, (as long as you don’t text and pedal) are these nifty phone holders designed to make your local bike trip more enjoyable and efficient. Get directions expressed as your proceed along your route. Even better, pedal to your favorite tunes or listen to a curious podcast to make the trip wiz by even faster (or drown out your panting).
Be Sure To Get A Convenient Basket For Those Bulky Items
Invariably you’ll find that you suddenly have a bulky item needing transport. So these basic baskets are a great way to bring those items safely along.