Friday, May 28, 2010

The One Mile Solution! Get back on your bike.

An easy way to get back into biking/walking and save your soul (and our planet). Pick a one (1) mile trip, once a week, and bike or walk it instead of driving. Your car is least efficient on those short routes and you need the exercise anyways. win-win! What a great idea. As you get into the hang of it, you can add more trips via bike and extend to a few miles.

nearly half of all trips in the United States are three miles or less; more than a quarter are less than a mile.

--March/April issue of Sierra

Also, if you do the exercise and realize you have no destinations within 1 mile of home, why do you live there? move. seriously.

What if there was something you could do to improve your health and fitness, save money, reduce our dependence on foreign oil, improve air quality, and reduce your carbon footprint, all at the same time—would you do it?

Maybe that’s a bit of preaching to the choir here, but that’s the idea behind The 1-Mile Solution. As Andy Cline explains,

The idea is simple: Find your home on a map…Draw a circle with a 1-mile radius around your home. Try to replace one car trip per week within that circle by riding a bicycle or walking. At an easy riding pace you can travel one mile on a bicycle in about seven minutes. Walking takes about 20 minutes at an easy pace.

Read more:

The One Mile Solution at legally speaking

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