The post, Bicycling Beats the Odds - National Rates Hold states, "Despite predictions that the number of Americans biking to work would fall after gas prices returned to "normal" in 2009, the percentage has held steady, according to the American Communities Survey. " Additionally, a Rodale Press survey found that Americans want to have the opportunity to bike to work instead of driving, with 40 percent of those surveyed saying they would commute by bike if safe facilities were available.
As explained in our eco friendly consulting, bike commuting to work is a valued component of a personal sustainability program. In a recent post, Top 10 Benefits of Bicycle Commuting Programs for Businesses, we explored the benefits to employers offering a bike commuting program. But what's in it for the employee?
Bike commuting improves your health:
• Staying in better shape will decrease your chances of getting sick.
• National health statistics show that when you're more active, you decrease your risk for cancer, heart disease, obesity and diabetes.
• Bicycle commuting allows you to include your workout in your daily schedule and helps to meet fitness goals.
Bike commuting improves your mood:
• More energy available throughout the day.
• Improved health and happiness.
• Regular participation in a cycling routine naturally shifts your focus to include thoughts of the weather, areas in your community to ride, road safety, and traffic. Thereby increasing your awareness of the link between the environment and your community.
Bike commuting saves you money:
• Reduce car maintenance.
• Reduce your gas bill.
• Reduce parking costs.
Bike commuting helps the environment by reducing your carbon footprint.
Are you ready to get started and bike to work? As mentioned in our eco friendly training, following are resources to help you get started. Whether you are cycling to work to reduce carbon emissions or cycling to promote a sustainable lifestyle, there's something here for you.
• Green Resources for Bike to Work Week: offers green gear suggestions and information on sustainable organizations that promote cycling for fun, fitness and transportation, and advocacy for a more bicycle-friendly America.
• Cycling Inspirations for a Sustainable Lifestyle: a look at organizations expanding eco awareness via cycling and contributing to an environmentally sustainable world.
• Live Green! Ride a Bike! Explores the benefits of riding a bike in green living.
Learn more about how your city ranks in bike commuting or check out the bike commuter rates for the 70 largest US Cities for 2009.