When people ride bikes, good things happen. Why? Because bike commuting is a win-win for both businesses and individuals looking to reduce costs, embrace eco awareness, and adhere to business and personal sustainability programs.
In recent years, the bicycle industry has stepped up to support bike advocacy and education programs like never before. Much of that leadership has come from Bikes Belong, the industry's advocacy and education organization. In fact, just over two years ago, PeopleForBikes.org was launched with the goal of collecting one million pledges for a better future for bicycling. As if the timing couldn't be better, May is National Bike Month and to date, PeopleForBikes.org stand 805,000+ riders strong. Additionally, the League of American Bicyclist is kicking off National Bike Month.
Now is a perfect time to embrace bike commuting. Bicycle commuting data indicates that the number of bicyclists is growing rapidly from coast to coast. The National Household Travel Survey showed that the number of trips made by bicycle in the U.S. more than doubled from 1.7 billion in 2001 to 4 billion in 2009. Also, in many Bicycle Friendly Communities, including Washington, DC, Philadelphia, Denver and Lexington, Ky., have more than doubled their bike commuter share since 2000.
At Taiga Company, we are no strangers to the bike community. We have the opportunity to work with individuals and businesses to integrate sustainability concepts into the workplace and daily life. We refer to it as green cycling and naturally view how bike riding and commuting benefits the needs of both worlds: business and individuals. Clients commute to work; businesses provide resources and incentives for cycling commuters. So, why is bike commuting so wonderful?
- Bike commuting helps the environment by reducing your carbon footprint.
- Bicycles emit no pollution when in use; they require far less materials, energy and waste in their production than even the ‘greenest’ car.
- Cycling offers a certain connection to the open air and the surrounding trees. It's amazing how usual surroundings look different when on a bike.
- Cycling can be done by toddlers, teenagers, youngsters and adults as well. It can be used as personal time to reflect upon your day or a means to unite friends for regular rides.
- 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.
- Enjoy the freedom your bike gives you- go places your car can't.
- 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 saves you money: reduce car maintenance, reduced gas bill, reduced parking cost.
- Cycling is a good exercise for overall fitness of the body. It improves health and reduces stress and tension.
- Cycling contributes to a positive work/ life balance.
- Bicycles can be produced and maintained locally by local bike shops contributing to local job opportunities as part of a sustainable economy.
- Increased cycling commuting reduces air pollution generated from motorized vehicles.
- The bike industry is getting involved.
- Bike riding is FUN!
Express your passion and commitment to our two wheeled friends. Exercise your pedal power for National Bike Month!