Friday, May 30, 2014

All Roads Lead To Healthy Biking

How and Where to Bike for a Healthier Planet and Healthier People: Tips, Aps, Routes, Safety, More

All roads lead to healthy biking with these bicycle, bike trip and safety tips
All roads lead to healthy biking with these bicycle, bike trip and safety tips
Recycle and Re-think Bicycle!

Friends and family that bike together are green to go

Biking is a great way to help Earth and help stay in shape.  It's also a great way to spend time with friends and family and instill good healthy habits in kids. Biking can be a fun filled family activity when you are camping, at the beach, on vacation or just about anytime.

Sometimes, however, it's hard to know where to bike safely. Google has a bike route app for just that! It helps you find local bike routes. 
So, whether you are home or someplace new, you can find a local bike map.  

Biking Everyday 

In many countries, such as Japan,  using bicycles for transportation is a norm. Many cities such as Paris and Boston have implemented Bike Share Programs  which allow you the freedom to get a bike without worrying about storage or transporting one.

You can also rent from private bike companies.  Just check online for the country of your choice.  Here are lists for finding bike rentals in USA and in Europe 
Did you know? 
  • Bicycles  displace over 238 million gallons of gasoline per year, by replacing car trips with bicycle trips
  • When Worldwatch Institute compared energy used per passenger-mile (calories), they found that a bicycle needed only 35 calories, whereas a car expended a whopping 1,860
  • Bicycles use 2% as much energy as cars per passenger-kilometer
  • Bicycles cost less than 3% as much to purchase
  • 6 to 20. bikes can be parked in a single car parking space in a paved lot
(Facts courtesy of www.treehugger.com)
Bicycle Safety
  • Always wear a helmet.
  • Obey traffic signs and signals.
  • Wear Light or bright-colored clothing
  • Have reflectors
  • Install a horn or bell that can be heard up to 100-feet.
  • Ride in the right-most lane that goes with the direction or flow of traffic.
  • Signal your moves 
  • Beware of cars opening doors 
  • Re-think music player
  • Put the mobile phone on hold
  • Avoid busy streets -use designated routes and trails whenever possible
For more detailed info on these tips, such as how to make hand signals, check out this great article from the Baltimore Sun
Happy Biking! 
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All roads lead to healthy biking with these bicycle, bike trip and safety tips
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