It’s Bike to Work Week in the Colorado town where I live. In the U.S., a national Bike to Work Day celebration happens each year in May, but because of weather concerns (sometimes we have blizzards in May) the city of Fort Collins holds off until June.
Green living advocates talk about the benefits of alternatives transportation all the time: biking, walking, taking the bus or cruising on your skateboard reduces carbon emissions and provides some extra exercise as an added bonus.
Fossil fuel-powered vehicles are usually responsible for the largest portion of any individuals carbon footprint, but all non human-powered modes of transportation increase personal pollution.
The infographic below provides a handy breakdown of all the different ways you can ‘get up and go’ along with their respective level of efficiency. Take a look at the miles per gallon that you get from your typical mode of transportation, and then compare it to some of the more efficient vehicles on the list. You might be surprised it can be to reduce your carbon emissions.
How much energy could you save by switching to a more efficient vehicle? Or no vehicle at all?
Infographic created by WellHome Energy Audits
Image Credit: Flickr – woodleywonderworks