Bike To Work

Bike to work with my folding bike.

I did it! For the first time I biked to work using my Dahon folding bike. A total of 4KM from home to office. In summary:

Pros

  • Good for the earth
  • Good for the health
  • Good for the skin
  • Less traveling time
  • Less stress
  • Energized

Cons and solutions

  • Sweaty upon arrival – Just bring extra clothes, a small damp towel (or wet wipes) to wipe your body and face; don’t pedal too fast.
  • Pollution – Just wear a face mask.

BIKE TO WORK FACTS
(Source: http://www.green-traveler.org/documents/BiketoWorkFactsheet.pdf)
HEALTH:

  • An adult cyclist typically has a level of fitness equivalent to someone 10 years younger and a life expectancy two years above the average. (Paffenbarger, R., et al., 1986., and Department for Transport, 2007)
  • 80% of people who switch from sedentary commuting to cycling improve their heart, lungs and blood vessels greatly in 6-8 weeks, so they get sick much less often. (Bike league)
  • Cyclists on average live two years longer than non-cyclists and take 15% fewer days off work through illness. (CTC)
  • The health benefits of cycling outweigh the safety risks by a factor of 20 to one. (Hillman, M., 1992 )
  • Active commuting that incorporates cycling and walking is associated with an overall 11% reduction in cardiovascular risk. (Hamer, M., and Y. Chida, 2007 )
  • Bicycle commuting burns an average of 540 calories per hour. (de Geus, B., et al., 2007)
  • For a 180 pound man, a 10 mile round trip bike commute burns 400 calories. For a 130-pound woman this same commute burns 300 calories. (Bike league)

ENVIRONMENT:

  • When bicycling is substituted for short auto trips, 3.6 pounds of pollutants per mile are not emitted into the atmosphere. (Bike league)
  • On the same urban route, car drivers were exposed to more airborne pollution than cyclists, despite the cyclists’ higher respiration rates. (Rank, J., et al., 2001)
  • Autos are the single largest source of U.S. air pollution. Short trips are up to three times more polluting per mile than long trips.ECONOMICS:
  • Ten bikes can park in the space used by a single motor vehicle. (Bike league)
  • The bicycle industry is estimated to support 1.1 million jobs and generate nearly $18 billion in federal, state, and local taxes. (Outdoor Industry Foundation, 2006)
  • More than one-fifth (21%) of Americans say they have changed the way they commute to work because of the recession. (IBM Corporation, 2009)

MISC:

  • In 2009, 1% of all U.S. trips were made by bicycle, an increase of 25% from 2001. (U.S. Department of Transportation and Federal Highway Administration, 2009)
  • The number of Americans who commuted to work primarily by bike in 2008 increased 14 percent from 2007, 36 percent since 2005, and 43 percent since 2000. (U.S. Census Bureau, 2009)
  • In the US, there are 5 vehicles for every 4 drivers. (Brown, L., 2010)
  • The majority of trips to work in Tulsa take between 15 and 24 minutes. (US Census Bureau, 2000)
  • Hundreds of U.S. cities have been successful in increasing bicycle commuters by offering enticements on Bike to Work Day. (Bike League)
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