Turns out, biking is not just good for your body and joints, but it's also the best choice for the environment. Here are 10 ways using a bike to get around your city can help save the world - and improve your life in the process.
- Reduces household emissions
Riding your bike to work rather than driving can cut down on your household emissions by at least 6%.
- Reduces traffic, too
Cars produce .97 pounds of pollution per mile annually; bikes produce none. Bikes are also up to 50% faster than cars during rush hour.
- Cuts down on healthcare costs
Biking makes you healthier, which in turn saves everyone on healthcare costs. 30 minutes of biking a day can save you $544/year this way.
- Takes less to make a bike
Bikes take far fewer natural resources to make than cars, the production of which generates 1.2 billion cubic yards of pollution each year.
- Makes you more productive
When you spend less time in traffic, you have more time to get things done. Plus, biking gives you energy and even makes you happier.
- Saves entire forests
Far less rubber is involved in making bikes and their tires, which helps prevent the clearing of forests for rubber plantations.
- Combats noise pollution
Not only does riding a bike help combat noise pollution, which affects wild animals, but it results in less roadkill, too.
- Keeps land free for nature
20 bikes can fit in the space of one car, so if more people rode them, we'd need to clear less land for parking lots.
- Helps support local businesses
When you ride a bike, you're more likely to keep your trips shorter and your shopping closer to home, which is great for local biz.
- Saves lives
33,000 people die each year in car crashes, but only 667 - while still a lot - are killed while riding a bike, making it much safer.
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