The wind in your face, the hum of chipseal under your tires, and the joyful effort of self-propelled travel—nothing beats riding a bicycle. Learning to ride a bike is one of the first profound memories children make of mastering a skill. And while many of us continue riding a bike throughout our lives, it’s often relegated to leisure and exercise, with most practical trips taken by car. But did you know that your bicycle can also help keep our air clean?
Bicycles effectively emit zero emissions (depending on what you eat before the ride 🙄) compared to most cars, and the impact from manufacturing, distributing, and maintaining bicycles are relatively miniscule as well. You never need to pour fuel into a conventional bicycle, and modern electric bikes have batteries that charge up easily at home. Unlike your car, your bicycle does not generate emissions that contribute to ground-level ozone.
No one likes traffic, and the best way to fight congestion is to not be part of it! Every bicycle on the road can mean one fewer car, taking up much less space and avoiding major roads by traveling on less-traveled roads, bike lanes, and trails.