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Get Back on the Bike in May for National Bike Month

Mountain Bike cyclist riding single track at sunrise healthy lifTrying to keep your carbon footprint in check?  Of all the things we do to deepen and widen our carbon footprint, our personal mode of transportation is one of the largest contributors. Walking might work for some commutes, but for slightly longer treks, hopping on that old bike will get the job done and do so without leaving a single environmental trace. In other words, taking your two-wheeler to work or school actively reduces carbon emissions.

If you haven’t taken your bike for spin in a while, May is the perfect time to dust off that old seat for National Bike Month—a movement sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists to showcase the benefits of biking and to encourage more people to hop on.

Cycling, unlike driving, taking a train or riding a bus, uses no fuel. Riding a bike doesn’t require toxic batteries or motor oil.  Further, during the manufacturing process, bicycles consume far less energy than automobiles, trains or buses. All of this serves to keep the environmental impact of cyclists at nearly zero.  Thereby, a significant and easy contribution to reducing carbon emissions.

Female cyclist biking on a country road on a lovely sunny day (mIf it seems like too big of an undertaking to leave your car in the garage, remember that 40 percent of trips taken in the U.S. are shorter than two miles from home – definitely a doable distance. If you’re faced with a longer trip, stash your bike in the car and park at a distance from your final destination and cycle the last miles. And if you’re still skeptical, check out these ways to bike more.  Taking a bike to work will reduce your carbon emissions and make your carbon footprint smaller.  If this is an impossible task, then take a look at our carbon offsets to help reduce your carbon footprint.

People on BikesWant to find out how biking truly influences the size of your carbon footprint? Click here to check out the TerraPass carbon calculator. And for more eco-friendly tips and information, visit our website, like us on Facebook, tweet us @Terrapass and take a look at our Pinterest boards!  We hope to see you (biking) soon!

Sources:

http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/ghgemissions/sources.html

http://bikeleague.org/bikemonth

http://www.youcanbikethere.com/content/environmental-benefits-0

http://www.greenamerica.org/pubs/greenamerican/articles/Fall2009/31ways.cfm

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