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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 www.cityofevanston.org/bike, including a downloadable map of Evanston bike routes, bike safety and more, you can make your biking experience as enjoyable and safe as possible.
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Bike Pit Stop along Church Street Protected Bike Lane June 14
Northwestern Pit Stop June 12
The Benefits of Bicycling
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.