GREEN UP OUR PLANET

ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES AND INFORMATION

CYCLING

TRANSPORTATION THAT'S GOOD FOR THE ENVIRONMENT AND THE BODY

By the Numbers:

My Financial and Environmental

Impact of Commuting by Bicycle


http://carfree.us/?p=97

THE POTENTIAL SAVINGS POSSIBLE
BIKE VS CAR

I COMMUTE BY BIKE ALL YEAR, ALL WEATHER.
A RIDE OF ONLY TEN MINUTES EACH WAY.
USING THE CALCULATIONS ON CARFREE
I FIGURE I AM SAVING ABOUT $6800 A YEAR.


BURNING CALORIES

Since 40% of everyday travel in the U.S. are trips of two miles or less, choosing to bike makes plenty of eco-sense. When Worldwatch Institute compared energy used per passenger-mile (calories), they found that a bicycle needed only 35 calories, whereas a car expended a whopping 1,860. Bus and trains fell about midway between, and walking still took 3 times as many calories as riding a bike the same distance.



CYCLING IS THE BEST IN EXERCISE, ITS GREEN, AND ITS FAST
A RECENT TEST DONE IN CALGARY INVOLVED 3 PEOPLE COMMUTING TO WORK IN NORMAL MORNING RUSH HOUR TRAFFIC. THEY ALL STARTED FROM THE FISH CREEK CALGARY TRANSIT TRAIN STATION IN THE SOUTH END AND ALL GOING TO THE DOWNTOWN CORE.
ONE PERSON TOOK THE TRAIN. ONE PERSON DROVE THEIR CAR AND ONE PERSON RODE THEIR BIKE.
THE BIKE ARRIVED ABOUT 5 MINUTES SOONER THEN THE TRAIN RIDER AND THE PERSON DRIVING FINALLY SHOWED UP 15 MINUTES LATER.
THERE ARE A LOT OF VEHICLES IN THE MIDDLE OF THE TRAFFIC JAMS CARRYING ONLY ONE PERSON. WHAT A WASTE OF FUEL, MONEY, ENERGY AND TIME.
THE OLD EXCUSE OF NOT HAVING A SHOWER AT WORK SIMPLY MEANS CHOOSING APPROPRIATE CLOTHING AND ADDING EXTRA TIME TO YOUR TRIP SO THAT YOU ARE NOT WORKING TOO HARD ON THE BIKE AND REQUIRE A SHOWER. THE EXTRA TIME AND SLOWER PACE ALSO MEANS THAT YOU WILL HAVE THE TIME TO CHECK OUT THE SCENERY AND ACTUALLY ENJOY THE TRIP.


HOW TO FIX BIKES

 

http://www.howtofixbikes.ca/2006/08/about-this-bicycle-repair-blog.html

 GERRY LAUZON IS A CYCLING ENTHUSIAST WHO EXPLAINS BIKE REPAIR SO THAT ALL CAN

UNDERSTAND IT.  IF YOU RIDE A BIKE THIS SITE SHOULD BE IN YOUR BOOKMARKS.

CHECK OUT HIS BIKE REPAIR MANUAL IN .pdf FORM. THERES A LINK ON THE FIRST PAGE.

ALSO DOWNLOAD FROM THIS  SITE  BookBike.pdf



 

CYCLING SAFETY HANDBOOK

cycling_safety_handbook.pdf

KNOWING THIS BOOK WILL HELP YOU
SAFELY SURVIVE

RIDING ON THE STREETS

WHETHER A CASUAL WEEKEND RIDER OR A DAILY COMMUTER