Friday, May 20th is National Bike to Work Day in the United States! Whether you’re a casual weekend cyclist or you bike commute every day, there are so many benefits of cycling. Every time you bike instead of drive a car, you’re making a healthy choice for your physical fitness AND for our planet too!
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, in 2014, transportation (led by passenger cars and light duty trucks) was the second largest contributor of greenhouse gas emissions. This accounted for about 26% of the total amount of harmful toxins, like carbon dioxide, that were emitted.
Bikes can be part of the solution reducing the number of cars on the roads and can help halt the fast pace of Climate Change. They’re great for your cardiovascular health too!
As you bike to work, for fun, or over to your favorite fair trade shop, follow these safety tips from the League of American Bicyclists:
Follow the Law: Cyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as drivers. Ride with traffic and obey all traffic signals and stop signs.
- Be Predictable: Use hand signals when making turns and check for clearance before changing lanes.
- Be Conspicuous: Use lights (white in the front and red at the back) and reflectors when visibility is poor. Wear bright clothing so that you can easily be seen.
- Think Ahead: Be aware of what other drivers are doing and anticipate turning vehicles, opening doors from parked cars, and pedestrians as well. Watch for road hazards like debris and potholes.
- Ride Ready: Before heading out on your bike, check your brakes, chains, and air level in your tires. Carry tools for on-the-go repairs and always wear a helmet.
Global Gifts celebrates cycling EVERY day with jewelry, handmade greeting cards, recycled metal sculptures, and more. Stop by to see our bike-themed gear today!