• The Positives of Pedaling

    Posted by   |  July 23, 2015
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    8972390374_84b50eabbb_zBiking has always been viewed as a great way to exercise. However biking is no longer just good for your body and joints – it’s also the best choice for the environment. Motor vehicles are a major contributor to both pollution and global climate change due to their production of more than 30 percent of U.S. carbon dioxide emissions, more than 80 percent of carbon monoxide, and about half of the nation’s nitrogen oxide emissions each year. Here are six other reasons you should trade your car in for a bike this summer:

    • You don’t have to own a bike. Citi Bike is New York City’s bike sharing system intended to provide New Yorkers and visitors with an additional transportation option for getting around the city.
    • It’s a free gym on wheels. According to the International Bicycle Fund, commuters who begin to ride their bicycles to and from work instead of driving lose an average of 13 pounds during their first year of bike commuting.
    • You’ll avoid morning traffic jams. Bikes are often faster than cars in urban areas and nothing is more satisfying than bypassing traffic. Plus, traffic congestion wastes nearly 3.9 billion gallons of gas per year in the US.
    • It is vastly cheaper than driving. Not only are bicycles cheaper to purchase than cars, but they cost much less to maintain and operate.
    • You’ll never have to worry about a parking spot again. Roughly a dozen bicycles can fit into a single automobile-sized parking spot.
    • You’re saving the environment! The production of bikes requires far fewer natural resources than the production of cars. Plus, riding a bike doesn’t require any fossil fuels or create any air pollution. The EPA reports that for every 1 mile pedaled rather than drive, nearly 1 pound of carbon dioxide is saved. If every American living within five miles of work commuted by bike just one day a week, it would be like taking a million cars off the road entirely.

    Not only does biking have the potential to improve your health and wealth, but more cyclists and fewer cars on the road could greatly reduce our impact on the environment. Take advantage of the summer weather, find your safest bike route, and get biking!

    By Breanna Giovanniello

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