It’s that time of year again. Time to pump up those tires and grab your helmet to join fellow Coloradans in Bike to Work Day on June 26, 2013. Bike to Work Day encourages biking as a choice for those who commonly drive to work. The overall goal of this free annual event is to introduce biking as a daily commuting option, promoting better personal health and wellness and decreasing damaging emissions to Mother Nature.
Colorado was recently rated the healthiest, fittest and one of the greenest states, so it’s not surprise that Bike to Work Day already has 10,000 participants registered. Biking to work is easier than ever, with Colorado’s numerous bicycle lanes, the B-Cycle bike sharing program and bike parking options, all to reduce traffic, improve air quality and promote a healthier lifestyle.
Here are three reasons you should Bike to Work June 26th (and all the time, really):
1. It saves you money.
Have you ever calculated how much money you spend on gas and vehicle maintenance per year? What about highway tolls and parking fees? Depending on where you live, you could save a lot of money by riding your bike from place to place. According to the National Household Transportation Survey, half of Americans live within five miles of their work. The average person could bike that in about 20 minutes. Ready to calculate how much you could save by biking to work? Try Kiplinger’s bike to work calculator.
2. Better air quality.
Why does Mother Nature love bicycles? They are 100% emissions free! Motor vehicles, which contribute to air pollution, especially the pollutants that lead to harmful ground-level ozone, bicycles are completely eco-friendly. When driving short distances in a car, it takes the catalytic converter a while to kick in and clean up your emissions. Because of this, the first few miles of your drive are often the most polluting. For this reason, it makes sense to make short trips by bike in order to reduce the emissions that you are putting out into the air.
3. It’s good for you.
Biking burns calories and boosts energy, while getting you to where you need to go. Are you a runner? Biking puts less stress on your knees, ankles, and spine than either walking or running while giving you just as good of a workout. There is another healthy perk to riding your bike, like any aerobic exercise, biking helps lower cholesterol and blood pressure. It’s a win, win!
Air Care Colorado is proud to support Bike to Work Day! See you Wednesday June 26th on the bike path!