Posts Tagged ‘auto emissions’

No Harleys Allowed

According to the Clean Air Council, auto emissions represent 31% of total carbon dioxide, 81% of carbon monoxide, and 49% of nitrogen oxides released in the U.S.  60% of the pollution resulting from auto emissions is released during the first few minutes of operation of a vehicle.

And the Federal Highway Administration tells us that 65% of all trips are made within two miles of the home, and that 50% of the working population commutes five miles or less to work.

You see where we’re going with this?

May is National Bike Month, this is Bike to Work Week and tomorrow is Bike to Work Day (that’s a lot of biking).  If you’re fortunate enough to be connected with a local or national bicycling advocacy group, or to work for a Bicycle Friendly Business, you’ve probably already got your bike tuned up and route map in hand … those of you still looking for resources and cycling events in your area, check here.

Timberland ‘s Bike Week celebration includes bicycle commuting clinics, a bike tune-up day and bike-to-work group rides from local communities.  And since cycling burns some 400 calories an hour, we’re also hosting a commuter breakfast to refuel any bike-riding Earthkeepers at the end of their commute.

Consider joining the movement this Bike to Work Day / Week / Month … and if you do, please tell us how long your bike commute is!  (Longest commute earns bragging rights for a year.)