Thursday, March 08, 2007

Pedaling their way to sustainability

Image of parked bicycle in Portland, OregonFrom the Lake Oswego Review (Oregon), 03.08.07:

Pedaling their way to sustainability
There are thousands of ways to be sustainable, which makes sustainability not only the right and smart thing to do but also fun.

Certainly, one of the most fun ways is riding a bike.

"If we would all bike to work, that would be the biggest thing for our planet," said Michelle Poyourow, events coordinator for the (Bicycle Transportation Alliance). "That would be the easiest way to make a difference."

Poyourow can think of all kinds of sustainable, economic and physical reasons why people should go from four wheels to two. "It costs from $8,000 to $10,000 a year to operate a car in the U.S.," she said. "For an average bicycle it costs $500, so economically that's a huge key." (Read more.)
This a refreshing article, especially on a day when the front page of California's newspapers agonize over rapidly rising gas prices now topping $3 a gallon. There are many great reasons to commute by bicycle--financial, environmental, health, and time-saving--and this article hits on all the reasons.

Another great article in the same motivational vein appeared online today in the Houstonist. And I'm grateful for the mention of my modest Bike Commuting Tips website.

Image: BikePortland.org
Visit: Paul Dorn's Bike Commuting Tips

1 comment:

Thomas said...

I'm going to have to disagree with them.

$500/year to maintain a bike?

I think all the average commuter would need to spend once the equipment was purchased would be a few tubes and a chain every year.