Biking to Work Saved Riders $8,682,251 …
By George Harvey
May was National Bike to Work Month, an event that has happened each year since 1956. This year, the National Bike To Work Challenge was set up to get 50,000 registered riders to ride bikes for their trips to and from work. The registered riders log each day they ride over one mile, and the number of miles ridden. The miles could be applied from biking to the riders’ communities, employers, or schools. Points accumulate from the beginning of the challenge, on May 1, until the end of September 30, 2014, when awards are determined.
According to the Challenge website, as of August 5, there were 44,302 registered riders nationally. They had ridden 15,366,816 miles, the equivalent of 32 rides to the moon and back. The riders burned 1,157,147,642 calories and saved $8,682,251 by using bikes for transportation. They also saved 14,291,139 pounds of carbon dioxide from being released into the atmosphere.
Transportation is one of the largest contributors to the carbon emissions in the atmosphere. Biking to work is a great way that you can help to reduce your own addition to it. The earth, your body and your wallet will thank you in return for your efforts. Biking is fun!
National Bike to Work Day was Friday, May 16, 2014. On that day, there were commuting events in most states designed to encourage biking, walking, carpooling, using transit, or telecommuting, instead of driving to work. On the Green, in Lebanon, New Hampshire, and King Arthur Flour, in Norwich, Vermont, offered free light breakfasts to people who were biking to work. Employees of the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Hanover, New Hampshire who biked to work were also given free breakfast in the cafeteria. Massachusetts had the 2014 Boston Bike Week Festival, a repeating event that will be held again on August 29, 2014. There were many other events in Massachusetts.
New Hampshire produced biking maps, which are available at nh.gov/dot/nhbikeped/maps.htm.
The Windham Regional Commission, the planning group for Windham County, VT produced a set of biking maps for southeastern Vermont, at windhamregional.org/bikemap.
MassBike maintains a set of biking trails — see massbike.org/resourcesnew/pathstrails.
We at Green Energy Times want to encourage all to reduce use of gas-powered vehicles as much as possible. Not only is it good for the environment, it is good for our pocketbooks. Using bikes or walking to eliminate a second car can save thousands of dollars each year. It also promotes good health for the riders and cleaner air for all. We wish to encourage all work places to support employees who ride bikes to work. One way to do this is to provide a secure place to park bikes.
The National Bike Challenge website is at nationalbikechallenge.org.