Bicycle and Environment

This post was inspired by my buddy Ken who is such an Environmentalist Hot Head. I really enjoy his frienship and would like to send my support to his business, Lake Macquarie Tilers.

The Bicycle is the Best Ecological Transport

Societies must face environmental problems such as environmental pollution, caused by cars that emit carbon dioxide, producing other more severe issues such as the greenhouse effect, global warming, and climate change that threaten the existence of humanity. On the planet, put into practice alternatives and strategies to minimize these ecological consequences through sustainable mobility. Thus, in the face of traffic congestion and atmosphere contamination, man urgently needs to promote and encourage the use of environmental transport such as the bicycle.

Bike culture

Bicycle culture, in general, seems to be experiencing a new golden age. Pedal fever is in the streets and on the internet, all fans of the world can find information from both professionals and amateurs. Nowadays, it is effortless to create content such as web pages, podcasts, or videos that people take advantage of to share eco-smart routes, experiences, repair advice, parts. Cycling blogs have grown exponentially in recent years, as have all kinds of online stores, which offer all types of products for sale.

Zero CO2 emissions while burning calories

For every kilometer you cycle instead of using a car, you avoid the emission of approximately 300 grams of CO2 (carbon dioxide).

As if this were not enough, riding a bicycle is very beneficial to health. In just ten minutes of activity at a rate of less than 16km / h, a person who weighs 60kg will have burned 40 calories, and a 100kg person will have consumed almost 70. In addition to carbon dioxide, cars also emit other greenhouse gases, substances that slow down the formation of ozone, hydrocarbons, and fine particles. Pollutants such as carbon monoxide and nitrogen and sulfur oxides limit photosynthesis in plants, a process that consumes carbon dioxide and emits oxygen, purifying it from the air.

Spectacular benefits in the well-being of people and the sustainability of the planet.

Without a doubt, the fact that some 1.5 billion cars circulate on the streets of the world causes a dramatic deterioration in the environment, invites us to reflect on solutions that contribute to making us friendlier with nature. That is why many governments and companies are looking for ways to reduce their pollution, look for alternative fuels, other forms of clean energy, and even rethink whether cars have a future in the context of the planet. Although of course, as has already been mentioned, there are other types of solutions, and one of them is this more traditional one focused on trying to use cars less, substituting their use when possible for walking or cycling.

A cleaner and more enjoyable city

Several cities have already opted for car-free zones, with bicycle-friendly plans and infrastructure to reduce air pollution and reduce the time it takes to get around. Community bicycle initiatives are replicated around the world, including in third world countries like Mexico, as well as the construction of exclusive bicycle lanes in all parts of the world.

Most car trips within the city cover 5 kilometers or less, distances that could be traveled by bicycle. A journey of 5 kilometers is equivalent to a round trip of 25 blocks, a relatively short distance in most cities. In addition to the effects of burning fossil fuels, we must consider the environmental costs associated with manufacturing, the road infrastructure, and the energy and materials used for repair.