5 WAYS COMMUTING BY BIKE BENEFITS THE ENVIRONMENT
Switching up your commute for a more eco-friendly journey by bike is one of the best ways to lower your carbon footprint.
There’s no such thing as zero footprint or carbon neutral, literally. The best we can do is minimize our impact by making incremental changes to what we already do every day. For instance, if you must drive, consider carpooling. If you have a scooter or motorcycle, consider switching to an electric version or an e-bike; most importantly, make sure the charging station offers renewable energy like solar power. The key is to reduce our reliance on inefficient vehicles and fossil fuels. Cycling is a great option because the only energy we’re consuming is our own and it comes with health benefits!
Every purchase we make has an impact. We want to choose products that are efficient, that last for a long time, and don’t produce toxic byproducts at any stage of the product’s life. It’s also a lot gentler on your wallet long-term! Repairing and maintaining bikes is also easy and fast – whether you do the work yourself or take it to your local bike shop mechanic. Many of the tools for repair and maintenance can be bought at your local bike shop as well – and some retailers even offer basic intro seminars you can take to learn to fix a flat tire, for example.
We often think driving is a faster alternative to riding but in most cities, it’s not necessarily the case. By leaving fossil fuel-based transportation behind, we avoid unbearable traffic jams, piling costs, and getting stuck in a cloud of toxic particles. According to independent studies done by INRIX, Americans lost $1,348 on average per driver per year in 2018 due to congestion; they factor in things like lost time, health side-effects, fuel lost during idling, etc. On the other hand, cycling gives you the freedom to switch routes, go through a park for fresh air, and often gets you to your destination faster. Need any more persuading?!
Over long periods, noise pollution can be a risk to our health and wildlife. A sound that goes above 85 decibels can harm our hearing. For reference, subway trains fall in the 90-115 decibels range; imagine hearing that every day! They also change animals’ habits and threaten their survival by confusing animals that rely on sound to catch their food. We know we sound like a broken record,but riding a bike really is one of the best things we can do to empower ourselves and achieve a more eco-friendly life. Even the act of being able to appreciate quieter natural spaces can help us be more aware of the environment and give us a chance to reflect on our impact.