What is Green Cycling?
Simply put, green cycling is bike commuting or just plain ole riding your bike. And, it is a win-win on many different levels.
For businesses and individuals looking to reduce costs, embrace eco awareness, and live green, bike commuting benefits everyone. How so?
- Bike commuting helps the environment by reducing your carbon footprint.
- Bicycles emit no pollution when in use; they require far less materials, energy and waste in their production than even the 'greenest' car.
- Cycling offers a certain connection to the open air and the surrounding trees. It's amazing how usual surroundings look different when on a bike.
- Cycling can be done by toddlers, teenagers, youngsters and adults as well. It can be used as personal time to reflect upon your day or a means to unite friends for regular rides.
- Regular participation in a cycling routine naturally shifts your focus to include thoughts of the weather, areas in your community to ride, road safety, and traffic. Thereby increasing your awareness of the link between the environment and your community.
- National health statistics show that when you're more active, you decrease your risk for cancer, heart disease, obesity and diabetes.
- Bicycle commuting allows you to include your workout in your daily schedule and helps to meet fitness goals.
- Bike commuting saves you money: reduce car maintenance, reduced gas bill, reduced parking cost.
- Bicycles can be produced and maintained locally by local bike shops contributing to local job opportunities as part of a sustainable economy.
- Bike riding is FUN!
You don't ride a bike?
Even if you don't ride a bike, we all enjoy the benefits of bicycling infrastructure. Every cyclist on the road is one less car, which means there is less need for expensive road projects that take money from other important government programs. Bicycle and pedestrian improvements cost a fraction of what it takes to widen streets and highways and improve the livability of our cities, attracting new businesses and development.
Become a two wheeled friend. There are lots of ways to get involved. Green Riding Resources:
- League of American Bicyclist
- Tips for Recycling Sports Gear
- Subscribe to Taiga's nature inspired Green Cycling blog posts