Bikes and the Environment
Facts on the benefits of biking
by Will Cornwell
Air polution, global climate change, traffic congestion, economic dependance on fossil fuels are all reduced by biking instead of driving. Bicycling as transportation is even recommended by the Union of Concerned Scientists as a personal way to help stop global climate change. Californians avoid producing seven tons of smog-forming gases per day by getting on bikes. Instead, bicyclists produce at least seven tons of nice thoughts and good karma. Another thing to remember: short car trips are the worst for generating air pollutants; short bike trips are easy.
In case you need to convince your Hummer-driving friends, here are some of the polluntants that come out of tailpipes (for more info check out the EPA pollution site):
All these things are bad for human health, for ecosystems, and for future generations, and people are working on technology to make driving more efficient, but despite technological improvements the main problem is that people are driving more than they ever have before.Politically, the World Environment Day was in San Francisco in 2005 as covered by the Tube Times. At the summit, the mayor commited San Francisco to reducing the city's greenhouse gas emissions 25% by 2030; let's do it by biking!