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Bike to Work Week: Pedaling to Help the Environment

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May 14, 2007


With gasoline at over three dollars a gallon, the annual Bike to Work Week comes at a good time. Iowans are being encouraged to leave their cars in the garage and pedal their bikes to work. Steve Falck with the Iowa Caucus Global Warming Outreach and Education Campaign says it's easy to figure out much you're saving on fuel and on global warming emissions.

“I've done some math here, and that average car with an average commute is about a 166 pounds of CO2 per week.”

Falck also points out that if you continue to bike to work for the next six months, that's a reduction of 4,000 pounds of CO2. He believes it's a win-win situation.

“It’s easier on your pocketbook, you're saving some money, burning less CO2 into the atmosphere, and it's healthy for you.”

Falck adds that biking is a feasible means of transportation for most people, but you have to do some advance planning to make it a safe and easy commute. He points toward Iowa's many bike trails as a good way to plan your route.

Dick Layman/Chris Thomas, Public News Service - IA