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Bike to Work Day – May 21, 2010

2010 May 21

Woman riding bicycle on a snowy trailFor a variety of reasons, a number of us here at the EPA face long daily commutes. Living in Frederick , MD and working in DC is not my idea of a sustainable lifestyle, but I am determined to reduce my overall carbon footprint by linking a number of different transportation modes.

Since moving in 2008, I have experimented with a number of different routes and transportation combinations including bicycle, car, MARC train and Metro .  I have gone back and forth between riding the C&O Canal and riding the back roads into DC.

Right now, I prefer riding on the road as the C&O can often be quite muddy, making travel time less predictable. My current system involves leaving my car at a nearby MARC station and riding into DC along some of the most beautiful country roads Maryland has to offer.

The ride is a little over 40 miles long and takes roughly 2.5 hours. To get home, I take the MARC train back to Frederick. The next day I take the train to work in the morning, and then ride back to my car after work. (Unfortunately, bicycles are not allowed on the MARC train, which would solve a number of logistical issues.)

In years past, Bike to Work Day bloggers have done an exceptional job of illustrating exactly how many pounds of CO2 can be reduced and how many calories can be burned by biking to work:

As Bike to Work Day continues to gain popularity, I think the majority of us are aware that bicycle commuting is the better option not only for the environment, but also for our physical fitness. This awareness is also reflected in programs such as the Bicycle Tax Credit as well as health insurance companies covering exercise related expenses.
As an EPA employee, I feel a personal and professional responsibility to live an environmentally sustainable life. While living over fifty miles away from my place of work is not an ideal situation when it my carbon footprint, it is not a hopeless situation. There are options—and bicycle commuting is one of them.

About the author: Anna Kelso is an Environmental Protection Specialist in the Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics. In addition to her commitment to bicycle commuting, Anna is a mountain biker on the Gripped Racing Team and is a dedicated bicycle advocate within her community.

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  1. armansyahardanis permalink
    May 21, 2010

    Environmental is product of universalism evolution. Bicycle is also product of technology. Actually, we always looking for an easy life, because the lives are difficulties and full challenges going on from time to time. Only the human that hope survive and they still winner than the others. Mrs. Kelso have ridden the transportation and healthy. I am so glad to see her picture. Just the human these…. not Dinosaurus. I think, she hope to her-grandchildren, wherever, to be continue her experience and her spirit : survival forever ……!!!!!

  2. Jackenson Durand permalink
    May 21, 2010

    This image version is showing once more again, the nature beauty behond mediocrity stress. In my concerning, day by day my ideogical thoughts are getting closer to nature, and making me rethink with my longtime biking chilhood extreme moment health again. Everyone must be move towards this Green nature conservancy.

  3. David Mc permalink
    May 21, 2010

    Thanks for the head’s up. For next year.

  4. Michael E. Bailey permalink
    May 22, 2010

    The two best ways to reduce fuel use and pollution are walking and bycicling. The southern California public transportation system is also an integrated one. Our buses, light rail, Metrolink and Coaster commuter trains and the Amtrk California have bycicle accommadations. Stations have special bycicle lockers. And Orange County has an extinsive system of bycicle lanes, paths, and trails that connect the county. Trips maybe too long for bycicling alone and this is why good transit systems are important. We will need to make major use of transit and bycicles to make the Clean Air Act work. best wishes, Michael E. Bailey.

  5. wade harter permalink
    May 24, 2010

    When I worked for Arnold Engineering Development Center, Tullahoma, Tenn., in the 60’s and 70’s I dare say nearly 70% of the employees carpooled to work. After moving I found that carpooling was not popular at the new locations. It is a great way to save energy, probably not as good as riding a bike, but more substainable.

  6. GeologyJoe permalink
    May 24, 2010

    I bike commute when ever possible. I also live 50 miles from work. One solution I found is to drive to a DOT Park and Ride outside of the city and bike the last leg, in my case 14 miles, in and out.

    The link below summarizes my 2009 commutes:

    http://geologyjoe.blogspot.com/2010/03/useless-commuting-statistics.html

  7. L Gilroy permalink
    May 25, 2010

    With DC’s expanding SmartBike bike-sharing system, hopefully more people will be driven to join in on Bike to Work Day, or just bike to work more often. There will be over one thousand bikes available to rent, and although the cost to rent will rise, it isn’t comparable to the amount of money (and wasted energy) lost while sitting in rush hour. Hopefully, as more people take up biking and walking it will reduce feul use as required in the EO 13514, and move to a more environmentally friendly future.

  8. linda permalink
    July 23, 2010

    I applaud your efforts to contribute in projects such as this. Not only does it biking help the environment, it can also help you be more healthier because of the exercise you get doing it. A little helps a lot that what I say. Thanks and regards.

  9. Wade permalink
    July 27, 2010

    its a win win situation when you can opt to ride,walk or run to any destination, its better fro the environment but also helps combat obesity, etc. Killing two birds with one stone, get fit and help the environment.

  10. jump-program permalink
    July 30, 2010

    We should promote this kind of transportation to reduce the demand of fuel and it can help us to be healthier and stronger also doing programs and training can help also to become more stronger just like the plyometric training and weight lifting. Both programs help to make the body stronger.

  11. Matildo Maratas permalink
    August 31, 2010

    If the work place can be access through riding bike then why not

  12. Mlm Leads permalink
    September 15, 2010

    We should promote biking more. This is not just a type of transportation but a way of life. It’s health and good. Just beats walking or jogging for exercise.

  13. rehnquist permalink
    September 17, 2010

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  14. Suzette C. permalink
    September 19, 2010

    In years past, Bike to Work Day bloggers have done an exceptional job of illustrating exactly how many pounds of CO2 can be reduced and how many calories can be burned by biking to work for transportation.

  15. Jason permalink
    September 30, 2010

    nice! what a brilliant idea, not only you can save the environment, it can also hepl us physically fit!

  16. SimonS permalink
    October 6, 2010

    A proper fitness regimen is very important for both the body and the mind.

    Even though a lot of research is going on in this direction and there are so many websites, books, etc. on the topic, a lot of us are still obese and not healthy.

    What seems to be lacking?

    -SimonS

  17. his-her fitness permalink
    October 13, 2010

    If you can bike it to work, i think its great. Helps lose weight to

  18. Extreme Fitness permalink
    November 30, 2010

    Biking is a good exercise and a great riding experience.

  19. Fadi permalink
    December 19, 2010

    Biking is not just a good exercise, but also an environment-friendly activity. Using a bike as a means of transportation will help lessen pollution and of course, global warming. This is an exceptional job. It is a way of boosting one’s health and fitness as well.

  20. Fadi permalink
    December 19, 2010

    Biking is good for one’s fitness and health in as much as it is in the environment.

  21. Fadi permalink
    December 19, 2010

    Biking is good for one’s fitness and health in as much as it is in the environment. For more information on health, fitness, nutrition and training.

  22. mitha permalink
    January 30, 2011

    wow, this is a very good lifestyle, as well as healthy. in this article the author writes about a healthy lifestyle one with cycling. I really like this paper because it is very useful to make a healthy lifestyle and I am waiting for the next article.

  23. Tom permalink
    February 14, 2011

    I live in Franklin, Tn and they started a curbside recycling program last summer. I was amazed how easy I found it to get on board with the program. You have to get a special blue bag from local retailers and leave it beside the trash can. I see about 1/8 of my neighbors participate. At 50 years old I feel a little late getting on the program but I’m a fanatic about it now. Living alone, I never have more than one half a 13 gal. bag of real trash per week now. These types of services can surly help to improve life on this planet.

  24. Adam Wilks permalink
    June 15, 2011

    Biking to work can be a great supplement for a solid fitness regime.

  25. How to lose inner thigh fat permalink
    September 12, 2011

    I love riding my bike to work. I am only a 30 minute ride away and I feel so good when I’m done.

  26. Ambit Energy permalink
    October 27, 2011

    It is still the best transportation, burn calories, save money and save the Earth.

  27. Jillian Michaels diet plan permalink
    December 12, 2011

    Great attempt altogether. Really appreciate the effort, liked the topic. Thanks for sharing it.

  28. April 18, 2012

    I agree with you

  29. Mario permalink
    April 1, 2014

    I´ve been reading your post and this remins me a few years ago when I was the happiest man int he world cause I could go to my work riding my bike! Lovely times! I Miss it! I lose a lot of wieght! Exercise and a little help
    Thanks!

  30. paul soh permalink
    May 3, 2014

    nice and good post.I agree with you.

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