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 To celebrate biking as a healthy and green way to get around town, the Active Transportation   Alliance is sponsoring a Bike Commuter Challenge. The   challenge is free and encourages employees to bike all or part of the way to   work at least once during the week. Whether it’s a short ride to the Metra   station or the nearest bus stop, each trip counts.

“Bike to Work Week   is a great reminder that biking instead of driving is good for our health, our economy and the environment. Air pollution, global climate change,   traffic congestion and economic dependence on fossil fuels are all reduced by   bike riding. Bicycling is a personal way one can help stop global climate   change,” explained the City of Evanston’s Sustainable Programs Coordinator   Catherine Hurley. “Every time an Evanston resident uses a bike to commute to   work, they avoid putting needless pounds of CO2 emissions into the   environment from their vehicle.”

Biking is one of the   most environmentally and personally healthy ways to move around Evanston. By   utilizing the resources on the city’s website at,   including a downloadable map of Evanston bike routes, bike safety and more,   you can make your biking experience as enjoyable and safe as possible.

        Get Involved Today
Check out the Active   Transportation Alliance website at   to see if your company has a team listed and sign up! Even biking to work   once during the week can help your team win, and biking to a train station   counts as well. Or start a team for your company and take the Bike   Commuter Challenge. The City of Evanston will be competing this year,   along with Northwestern University and Rotary International, so be sure to   sign up if you are an employee. Biking is a great way to get to work and Bike   to Work Week is an excellent time to get in the habit of biking to work this   summer, so check out these tips at from   Active Trans to get started!

        Bike Pit Stop along Church Street Protected   Bike Lane June 14
  To support and celebrate your two-wheeled trip, a Bike Pit Stop will be   available for Evanston bike commuters from 6:30 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. on Friday, June   14 at Church St. and Maple Ave. adjacent to the protected bicycle   lane and the Metra station. The Bike Pit Stop is organized by the   Active Transportation Alliance, with support from the City of Evanston and   Rotary International. Pick-up a goodie bag, Evanston Bicycle Map and   learn more about biking in Evanston during Bike to Work Week.

Northwestern Pit   Stop June 12
  Northwestern University is also hosting a Bike Pit Stop on their Evanston   Campus on Wednesday, June 12 in celebration of Bike to Work Week. Stop   by the Jacobs Center between 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. to join other   fellow cyclists and receive a free safety check or lube and air from a bike   mechanic.

        The Benefits of Bicycling
  Replacing your daily commute and other short errand trips with cycling,   instead of driving, not only reduces greenhouse emissions and achieves improvements   in air quality, it also improves fitness and is economical. According to a   study in Environmental Health Perspectives,   if 30 million urban and suburban Midwesterners replaced half of their short   car trips with cycling during the warmest six months of the year, they   “could save approximately four trillion pounds of carbon dioxide emissions,   1,100 lives and $7 billion in mortality and health care costs for the region   every year.”

A large fraction of   dirty carbon dioxide emissions come out of the tailpipe within the first few   minutes of starting a car. Cutting out short car trips in favor of   bicycling provides a disproportionately large reduction in particulate matter   and other dangerous pollution and therefore significantly improves air   quality.

Cycling provides an   enjoyable and easy manner to exercise. It is safe for joints, facilitates   weight loss, can reduce stress and improves muscle tone and cardiovascular   fitness. According to the British Medical Association,   cycling just 20 miles a week can reduce the risk of coronary heart disease by   50%. In addition, studies have shown that cycling to work will increase   cardiovascular fitness by 3-7%.

Lastly, bicycling can   be an economical way to save money on transportation and on health care.   While the yearly cost of owning and operating a vehicle is over $9,000, or 18   percent of the average household’s income, owning and maintaining a bicycle   can cost as little as $120 per year! Similarly, regular bicycling can save   individuals on health costs. With the improvements in health caused by   cycling 30 minutes daily, every person can save on average $544 in medical   costs annually.