Biking to work helps you get some exercise while reducing your carbon footprint. | Photo courtesy of iStockphoto.com/olaser
You know the weather is starting to warm up when you start hearing about those "bike, bus, or walk to work" challenges. And while my local news just started drumming up publicity for theirs, I've seen these events pop up in all the places I've lived. They encourage folks to try an alternative to driving themselves to work—like biking, walking, carpooling, or busing—and sometimes they hand out awards or goodies to the participants.
I've never had a chance to participate in one of these, unfortunately. (And, sadly, I can't enter and win extra credit for my super-efficient commute now that I work from home, even though it costs me absolutely nothing to walk five feet into my office.) But if you don't live an hour away from work, and bikes or buses are an option, it seems like it could be a nice way to get a little exercise and a chance to see your commute from a different perspective.
So if there are commuting challenges in your city, give them a shot! Not only could it possibly save you on gas, but it could be fun, too.
And if alternative commuting isn't an option? You could still use the gas mileage tips on FuelEconomy.gov to save a little money on your daily commute. Every little bit helps you save!