Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Bike to Work Month at NS&S

It's Bike Month!

Newton Bicycle/Pedestrian Task Force Chairman George Kirby has organized a Safe-Rider Convoy to celebrate Bike Day (May 16), which wraps up Bay State Bike Week. Enjoy a leisurely ride from City Hall (Newton) to City Hall (Boston) through Watertown Square and then along the Charles.

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Of course, there's Newton Rides on May 18th.

And, here at NS&S, we'll be talking bike commuting all month long. Let's start with why.

There are so many good reasons, it's hard to know where to start. I commute from Newton Centre to Kendall Square (about 8 miles) and back every day. For me, bike commuting is:

  • Faster than any other commuting option door-to-door
  • Cheaper
  • Greener
  • An hour each day of vigorous exercise without sacrificing work or family time
  • A great opportunity to clear my head
But, you don't need to be a every-day, year-round, gear-geek to enjoy bike commuting and its benefits. Bike even one day-a-week during the warm weather and, you:
  • Ease the carbon-spewing and gas-guzzling by 20%
  • Enjoy some physical activity, however mild or spirited
  • Save a few bucks (unless you've already got a monthly T pass)
  • See your world from a different perspective
Oh, and you'll have a ton of fun.

In the coming days, some how tips. Key words to look forward to:
  • Panniers
  • Fenders
  • Baby wipes
  • Leave your lock
  • No-iron


Jeff Stevenson said...

Hi. Please join the Bicycle to Work! LinkedIn networking group. Members pledge that they will try to ride their bicycle to work or on an errand at least once a week. Although the benefits should be obvious, let me outline them here.

Right now people in the industrialized world are facing two very grave problems: obesity and a growing scarcity of oil. Compounding this problem is the new food shortage brought about, in part, by the conversion of food cropland to bio-fuel crop production. Most people feel powerless to help, but there is one thing that we can do. Ride our bicycles to work.

If everyone would agree to ride their bikes to work one day per week we could cut oil consumption by as much as 10-15%. No one would argue that riding a bike burns more calories than driving the car. Although popular politically right now, most bio-fuels consume more energy than they produce. We would be much better to eat those bio-crops then use our own energy to transport us around.

So spread the word. Make it a movement! Bicycle to work one day a week and do your part to cut back obesity and the overuse of oil and precious cropland.

Just go to my profile at http://www.linkedin.com/in/jeffreylstevenson and you can click on the group to be included. While you are there, don't forget to ask to link to my network of more than 7,000,000 like-minded professionals. I accept all invitations and look forward to meeting you.


Edward said...

I'm having a 'walk to work' month :-)

Sadly we're moving house further away after that. I'm looking into a combined bike/bus journey after I move, but I'm not sure how it will work out.