Wednesday, April 22, 2020 marks the 20th anniversary of Earth Day. Every year billions of people all over the world call for action to protect the environment on this global day of observance. Due to COVID-19 this year’s call to action is not marked by gatherings, rallies, or group bike rides, but the sentiment still applies.
With a stay at home order in affect and less fossil fuel vehicles on the road, scientists have reported a significant reduction in air pollution in the last month. If we could only figure out a way to sustain this trend when our lives return to normal!
One way is to expand cycling as the preferred mode for everyday transportation. Cities where residents bike, walk, and use public transportation have significantly lower CO2 transport emissions than those that rely on private vehicles even when factoring in the footprint of a bike’s manufacture and maintenance.
Here are some eco-facts to boost the case for cycling for transportation:
But it is not just about the numbers--ask any cyclist and they will describe a sense of freedom, the opportunity to experience the great outdoors, and a sense of joy that makes them feel healthier and happier while on a bike.
The bicycle has a part to play in the Earth Day message today and every other day of the year. Our lives are likely to continue to change after this pandemic, so here is an opportunity to make another change--make a shift to cycling. It is good for the earth and it is good for you.
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