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Bike to Work, It's Easier Than You Think!

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:

  1. According to the Outdoor Foundation, bicycling is the second most popular outdoor activity in the United States;
  2. Adults who bike to work have better weight, blood pressure, and insulin levels;
  3. Women who bike 30 minutes a day have a lower risk of breast cancer;
  4. Bicycling boosts the economy, with $5.6 billion in bikes and equipment sold in 2009;
  5. On a round-trip commute of 10 miles, bicyclists save around $10 daily;
  6. Traffic congestion wastes nearly 3.9 billion gallons of gas per year in the U.S.;
  7. Increased bicycling decreases vehicle traffic accidents;
  8. The transportation sector is responsible for 71% of all U.S. petroleum use.
  9. 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
  10. 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.

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Bike Sharing NYC: Citizen Involvement

By Elizabeth Myer

Remember when we blogged about bike sharing in New York City? We’ve got a great follow-up! The New York City Department of Transportation (NYC DOT) has made progress since they issued a press release seeking proposals for private companies to provide a bike share system in NYC last November. Here is what we know so far: Next summer, NYC DOT will launch the bike sharing program by introducing 10,000 new bikes that will be scattered across 600 stations in Manhattan and Brooklyn. The best part? New York City residents can participate in public workshops to determine the exact location of these stations. 

Flickr photo via www.flickr.com/photos/bike/3992058452/

As someone who has never owned a car and frequently gets around on two wheels, I am particularly excited about the promise to establish a publicly available, sustainable transportation option for New Yorkers and visitors. This is a great opportunity to get out there and get involved. Interested parties are encouraged to attend tonight’s workshop: 

Mon. Feb 6th: 6:00 PM–8:00 PM

Join Manhattan’s Community Board 2, and local residents and business owners at a roundtable planning workshop to help decide how bike share should work and where stations should go in the West Village, Tribeca and and SoHo.  In partnership with Community Board 2, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, NYC Council Member Margaret Chin, and NYS Senator Tom Duane. The Workshop will take place at Our Lady of Pompeii, 25 Carmine Street in Manhattan.

Can’t make it tonight? Click here for a complete list of community planning workshops.

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