How to Become an Earth Friendly Cyclist

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Cycling is not only a fun and affordable form of transportation, but it also offers numerous benefits for both individuals and the environment.

By being an earth-friendly cyclist, you can help reduce your carbon footprint, promote sustainable transportation and contribute to a healthier planet. Don't know about you but I am frustrated at the litter and trash everywhere. I am pledging to become an Earth Friendly human and CYCLIST! 

Here are a few tips we're am using to get started:

  1. Invest in a high-quality, durable bicycle. A well-maintained bike will last for many years and require less frequent replacement, reducing the overall environmental impact of your cycling.

  2. Choose eco-friendly accessories. Opt for panniers made from recycled materials, or a bike rack made from wood or bamboo. Use environmentally friendly products such as biodegradable tires, lights powered by rechargeable batteries, and recycled materials for your bike. The simplest is a water bottle - never use a single use bottle! 

  3. Plan your route. Before you head out, take a few minutes to plan the most efficient and eco-friendly route to your destination. This will help you avoid heavy traffic and minimize your carbon emissions. ALWAYS Avoid riding in protected wildlife areas or sensitive ecosystems to reduce the impact on wildlife and the environment.

  4. Use public transportation when possible. If your destination is too far to bike, consider taking public transportation or carpooling with a friend.

  5. Ride safely. Always wear a bike helmet and use bike lights and reflectors when cycling at night. This will help keep you safe and reduce your impact on the environment. Be a responsible cyclist by following the rules of the road and being considerate of other road users

  6. Recycle and dispose of your old bike properly. If your bike is no longer usable, look for a local bike recycling program or donate to a bike charity, like Bicycle Warehouse Africa project. 

  7. Organize a Clean UP day with your riding buddies.  Pick a spot, pack gloves, trash bags, grabbers and clean out sections of your path or trail of trash and recyclables. Always remember - Leave nothing but footprints." Its simplest and most fundamental rule: pack it in, pack it out, but it goes beyond that, leave the path, trail, or road cleaner when you leave than when you arrived.

By being an earth-friendly cyclist, you can help reduce your carbon footprint and contribute to a healthier planet. Here are some of the benefits of cycling and why it's important to be an environmentally conscious cyclist.

  1. Health Benefits: Cycling is an excellent form of physical activity that helps you stay in shape and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Regular cycling can improve your cardiovascular health, strengthen your muscles and bones, and reduce your risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.

  2. Cost-Effective: Cycling is a cost-effective mode of transportation. You don't have to pay for gas, maintenance, or insurance. Additionally, cycling saves you money on gym memberships or personal training sessions.

  3. Reduce Air Pollution: Cars and other fossil fuel-powered vehicles are significant sources of air pollution. By cycling, you reduce your carbon footprint and contribute to cleaner air. Cleaner air leads to improved health, particularly for people with respiratory issues such as asthma.

  4. Saves Energy and Dollars: Cycling requires no fuel and very little energy to maintain. This means that you're not relying on finite resources such as oil and gas, and you're reducing your carbon footprint.

  5. Reduce Traffic: By cycling, you help reduce traffic congestion, particularly during peak hours. This leads to a more efficient transportation system, reduces traffic-related stress, and improves overall quality of life.

  6. Better for the Environment: Cycling is better for the environment in many ways. It reduces the amount of greenhouse gas emissions produced, conserves natural resources, and helps to reduce the amount of waste generated.

In conclusion, cycling is not only a FUN and efficient form of transportation, but it also offers numerous benefits for both individuals and the environment. By being an EARTH FRIENDLY CYCLIST, you can help reduce your carbon footprint and contribute to a healthier planet. So, hop on your bike, get some fresh air and enjoy the ride while doing your part to help the environment.

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