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Are You Biking to Work This Week? Why or Why Not?

May 14, 2009 - 5:00am

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It's Bike-to-Work Week! May is National Bike Month, and this week, May 11-15, you are encouraged to bike to work. Biking is great exercise, saves gas and car maintenance costs, and is good for the environment. Did you know:

  • One 20-mile round trip bike ride per week saves 1020 lbs of CO2 emissions per year
  • One 20-mile round trip bike ride per week saves $407 per year in fuel and depreciation costs
  • If one out of 10 car commuters would switch to walking or biking, we’d reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 25.4 million tons a year
  • For those of us suffering from "shiny object syndrome," biking gives us a reason to buy more shiny objects at a fraction of the cost of many other shiny objects
  • A good commuting bike can be had for less than $300. The same can’t be said for a good commuting car.
  • Biking allows you to wear weird clothes and still be fashionable.

Are you biking to work this week? Why or why not?

Each Thursday, you have the chance to share your thoughts on a topic related to energy efficiency or renewable energy for consumers. E-mail your responses to the Energy Saver team at consumer.webmaster@nrel.gov.

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