Thursday, March 24, 2005

Peddlin' Through Spring

Image hosted by Photobucket.comIt's now offically Spring which means that it's time yet again to trade in the car for the bicycle. I swore that I would retire my car last fall and bike even through the winter, but as it turns out, I'm not ready to go that hardcore just yet.

Why bike to work (or to run errands, etc.)?

  • Gas prices are ridiculous, biking is totally free
  • It's great exercise
  • You don't get stuck in traffic
  • Fresh air and great scenery
  • Road-rage disappears
  • It encourages you to slow down
  • According to author Elizabeth Wilhide in her book ECO, "It is estimated that if as few as 1% of American motorists left their car at home for a day each week, 34 million gallons of gasoline would be saved a year, keeping over 880 million pounds of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere."

"Since the bicycle makes little demand on material or energy resources, contributes little to pollution, makes a positive contribution to health and causes little death or injury, it can be regarded as the most benevolent of machines."
Stuart S. Wilson, Oxford University

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