Bike to Work Week in the TriCities!
Bike To Work Week is just around the corner! From October 27th to November 2nd, people across the province will be ditching their cars to cycle to and from work. In honour of the occasion, we wanted to share some of the many benefits of riding your bike both for the environment and for your health.
Riding your bike is a great way to reduce gas emissions. The most energy-efficient form of transportation, on-going use of a bicycle has virtually no carbon footprint. Last year 209,610 kilograms of CO2 were saved from entering the atmosphere in Bike To Work week alone! Cycling also helps to reduce air pollution. A 4-mile bicycle trip keeps about 15 pounds of pollutants out of the air that we breathe. Cycling also reduces water pollution since bikes don’t drip brake fluid, anti-freeze or transmission fluid.
In addition to being good for the environment, riding your bike is also great for your health. Did we mention that it’s also a great way to burn some extra calories? The average cyclist burns 488 calories an hour! Feeling tired? Riding your bike is also a great boost of energy. Bike riding increases energy levels by 20%, and decreases fatigue by 65%. Plus, it’s a great way to get those feel-good endorphins! Cycling is also a joint-friendly workout. Riding a bike puts less stress on the knees, ankles and spine than walking or running.
With gas prices so high, cycling is also a great way to save some money! Sure sounds better than sitting in traffic doesn’t it? Just check out all the bike lanes in the City of Port Coquitlam alone.