By Joe Edgell.
Gas prices skyrocket. Delays on the subway. Accidents on the Beltway. Police and fire activity blocking roads and snarling traffic.
Seems like there’s no way to get to work easily, on time, and with minimal cost.
Unless you consider commuting by bike. And this Friday, May 18 is Bike-to-Work Day, the perfect time to see how it works.
Here are the top ten reasons to join me and about 10,000 other bicyclists this Friday:
- According to the Outdoor Foundation, bicycling is the second most popular outdoor activity in the United States;
- Adults who bike to work have better weight, blood pressure, and insulin levels;
- Women who bike 30 minutes a day have a lower risk of breast cancer;
- Bicycling boosts the economy, with $5.6 billion in bikes and equipment sold in 2009;
- On a round-trip commute of 10 miles, bicyclists save around $10 daily;
- Traffic congestion wastes nearly 3.9 billion gallons of gas per year in the U.S.;
- Increased bicycling decreases vehicle traffic accidents;
- The transportation sector is responsible for 71% of all U.S. petroleum use.
- Bicycling produces only 21 grams of CO2 per person per kilometer, compared to 101 grams of CO2 per passenger per kilometer for buses, and a whopping 271 grams per passenger per kilometer for cars; and most importantly
- The health benefits of cycling outweigh the risks by a factor of 20 to one!*
And today bicycling is easier than ever. There are electric motor-assisted bicycles to help you with that push up the hill, bike sharing so you don’t have to worry about maintenance, and shower facilities at many employers, such as EPA.
Come out this Friday, bike with a group of people to a nearby celebration (or the massive celebration at the Reagan Building if you’re in DC), and take the first step in de-stressing your morning commute by biking to work.
I’ve been biking to work for the past eight years and love it. I’m healthier and happier. You’ll find it changes your entire outlook on the day!
*A special thanks to Bikesbelong.org for the biking benefits studies.
General information about biking to work
About the author: Joe Edgell is an attorney for the Office of General Counsel. Perched atop the bicycling baby seat, he’s been bicycling since before he could walk.