Environmental Dates: Bike to Work Day

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Bike to Work Day is an annual event held on various days in the Spring across the United States and Canada that promotes the bicycle as an option for commuting to work.

Rain or Shine, here are a few tips to follow:

  • Take it slow and steady.
    Streets, train tracks and white paint can get slippery when it rains. AND, your brakes will grab more slowly.
  • Dress for the weather.
    Wear a rain jacket for sure and, if you have them, a pair of rain pants. You’ll stay much drier that way.
  • If you don’t have rain pants, wear old pants you don’t mind getting wet and then bring a dry pair to change into at the office.
  • Wear rubber-soled shoes
    – much easier to push off from a wet pavement than those with leather soles.

– youcanbikethere

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Reusing Old Tires / Tyres (from bikes, cars, trucks…)

Updated: February 2019

*Approximately, one tire is discarded per person per year. Tires are also often recycled for use on basketball courts and new shoe products.

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Amarildo Silva (Caominhas) turns old tires into comfortable and decorated beds for pets and beautiful containers for plants as well [via Bored Panda]
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ReStyled Rubber Bike Tire Stamps

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Health Secrets from Around the Globe

Photo: Dan Saelinger

By Dr. Mehmet Oz on Oprah.com

From the Japanese to the Russians, the Greeks to the Kuna Indians of Panama, every culture has its own secrets to better health and longer life. These traditional remedies and practices—like drinking a calming herbal tea or cooking with a particular spice—might seem inconsequential, but researchers are discovering that these little things can make a world of difference. Try importing these six habits, all worth bringing home.

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Health benefits of cycling via @guardian

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One of the best ways to explore the outdoors and get a bit of exercise is by getting on your bike and enjoying the benefits of cycling. So saddle up and read our advice to pedal you on.

An accessible way to exercise

You can ride a bicycle almost anywhere, at any time of the year, and without spending a fortune. Many people are intimidated by certain sports due to the high level of skill required, or perhaps because they can’t commit to team sports due to time pressures. Most of us know how to cycle and once you have learnt you don’t forget. All you need is a bike, a half hour here or there, and a bit of confidence.

Promotes weight loss

Steady cycling burns approximately 300 calories per hour. If you cycle for 30 minutes every day you can burn 11 pounds of fat in a year. Since it helps build muscle, cycling will also boost your metabolic rate long after you’ve hopped off the saddle.

Increases muscle tone

Cycling gradually improves general muscle-function, with little risk of over-exercise or strain. Regular cycling strengthens leg muscles and is great for the mobility of hip and knee joints. You will begin to see an improvement in the muscle tone of your legs, thighs, bum and hips.

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Car Free Day

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Every year on or around 22 September, people from around the world get together in the streets, intersections, and neighbourhood blocks to remind the world that we don’t have to accept our car-dominated society.

But we do not want just one day of celebration and then a return to “normal” life. When people get out of their cars, they should stay out of their cars. It is up to us, it is up to our cities, and our governments to help create permanent change to benefit pedestrians, cyclists, and other people who do not drive cars.

Let World Carfree Day be a showcase for just how our cities might look like, feel like, and sound like without cars…365 days a year.

As the climate heats up, World Carfree Day is the perfect time to take the heat off the planet, and put it on city planners and politicians to give priority to cycling, walking and public transport, instead of to the automobile.

So take the time, browse the links and resources provided, and join in on the celebrations!

Sources:
World Car Free
Car Free Day UK
Wikipedia