According to the online website Car Talk, burning one gallon of gas creates 20 pounds of carbon dioxide. The average vehicle emits around six tons of carbon dioxide each year.
The Union of Concerned Scientists estimates that around 150 million Americans live in areas where air quality does not reach federal standards, and a major contributor to that is vehicles. Poor air quality can lead to multiple health problems including cancer, asthma and bronchitis. The Union of Concerned Scientists estimates that poor air quality is responsible for 30,000 premature deaths each year.
As a way to celebrate the environment, today is Bike to Work Day, an event that aims to introduce people to biking. Since 1995, the Colorado Department of Transportation estimates that the number of Bike to Work Day participants has increased, and it is expected to continue to increase. The Colorado Department of Transportation estimates that around 36,000 people participated in the event.
Outside of Colorado, the majority of the country celebrates Bike to Work Day in May, but Colorado’s unforeseeable weather caused the state to move the celebration to June. The day also coincides with Bike Month, and it is celebrated the fourth Wednesday of June.
If you wish to register, visit biketoworkday.us. If you do register, you are eligible for prizes such as concerts to Red Rocks, or Fiddler’s Green, an electric bicycle and a Bluetooth speaker.
There will be stations set up throughout 20 Colorado cities where riders can get free things near 10 Barrel Brewing, 1607 Broadway, the Cherry Creek Bike Trail near 12th Ave. & Speer Blvd., AMLI Denargo Market, the Auraria Campus, Saint John’s Cathedral and Park Hill Branch Library. At 1412 Larimer St., Mountain Khakis on Larimer square will offer live music and beer tasting.
Colorado is one of the nation’s leaders in Bike to Work Day participants – second in the country. Participants are encouraged to check that their bike’s tires are inflated, that brakes and chains are properly working and that the bike’s seat fits participant’s body size. Participants are also encouraged to bring a flat tire repair kit, in case something happens along the road.
Boulder became the first city to celebrate Bike to Work Day in the state in 1977. In 1995, Denver began helping surrounding cities and counties organize events to celebrate the day.
Colorado has a plethora of bike paths in the state. In the Denver metro area alone, there are over 1,600 miles of shared-use paths, around 515 miles of bike lanes and over 360 miles of bike routes.
Biking can help save money on gas, avoid traffic and reduce your carbon footprint.