Ride Your Bike to Work Tomorrow!

RTWDlogoTomorrow is the 14th Annual Ride Your Bike to Work Day. Some 60,000 Australians will participate, and you could be one of them.

Bicycle Victoria claims:

National Ride to Work Day will stimulate over 10,600 tonnes of Greenhouse Gas savings in the first three years – that’s more than 2650 hot air balloons or 212,000,000 “black balloons” full of CO2!

I’m not exactly sure what that means – you would think if they meant “save” they would have said that, but any day you get to work under your own steam is good for the environment.

More stuff inside…

Wednesday should be perfect cycling weather as well – so far looks to be about 18 and partly sunny. Bring an extra shirt just in case though.

You can learn more about the event from Bicycle Victoria here – and if you register for the event, you’ll be entered in a draw to win a Trek.

Interested in making the switch to bike commuting? The Age has a story today interviewing some first-timers and old pros.

There’ll be a ‘bike to work’ breakfast in Fed Square from 6:30 to 8:45 (as well as regional breakfasts that you can read about here)

Some other ‘bike to work’ facts here.

Have fun and be safe! Remember to bring lights if you’re one of those crazy people who works until all hours.

4 Comments so far

  1. Jono (unregistered) on October 16th, 2007 @ 2:14 pm

    It doesn’t quite work that way.. People drive less cars, but they burn more calories. They need to eat more wheat, meat, eggs, dairy to compensate. The production of these foods involves CO2 emissions, and a report I read suggests that its more energy efficient to drive a car in the first place.

  2. Joshua May (unregistered) on October 16th, 2007 @ 5:08 pm

    Jono, I’ve read that same story.. From what I gathered, it was more of a tongue-in-cheek poke at the other side, but was far from gospel.

    Speaking personally, the amount of difference in diet between when I ride to work and when I don’t is virtually zero. Some days I eat more, other days I eat less – I’m sure it’s slightly skewed toward eating more, but not by much (in comparison to the other two meals, plus snacks that I eat in a day).

    And on the other hand, cars aren’t just producing CO2. They’re burning rubber, they’re producing carbon monoxide, they’re leaking coolants and whatnot. The less you can do all of those, the better.

    I’m pretty opposed to people narrowing their focus to CO2 only. Carbon offset schemes, to me, are among the biggest scam of today. But at least it makes us feel warm and fuzzy.

    I ride, not because I feel bad about driving, but because it’s faster than any other mode of transport. And by riding, I don’t feel as guilty about not playing a weekend sport since I moved here. If I didn’t ride, I’d probably run/play other sport, which implies I’d still eat those exact same extra wheat, meat, eggs, dairy anyway. But human diets and sustainability is a whole separate issue for other people to deal with. One problem at a time.

    Drive less.

    That is all.

  3. squirt (unregistered) on October 16th, 2007 @ 8:13 pm

    I say the optimal solution is to work from home!

  4. Neil (unregistered) on October 16th, 2007 @ 10:00 pm

    I ride to work every day but even on the once in a while I choose to tram it I eat the same breakfast. But Jono, you do make a great point. As one of the top overweight populations, eating less can not only reduce your weight but help the environment. Unfortunately, people such as Al Gore haven’t gotten the message.

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