By Jon Fisher, The Nature Conservancy
You’ve probably already spent a lot of time trying to make your home life more “green,” but we often overlook the impact we can have by encouraging greener practices at our work places as well. While this could encompass many things—from starting up a green group to working on improving recycling or composting—I thought I’d share some tips on how to make your office more bike-friendly.
For many city commuters, biking is an excellent choice for getting to work. The benefits of bike commuting include:
- You get some exercise.
- Running errands on the way to or from work (or at lunch) is a snap.
- Sometimes it can be faster than mass transit or even driving (for short or moderate trips).
- If you have the average U.S. commute and you switched to biking every day, you would save the equivalent of 3.1 metric tons of CO2 emissions, which has about the same impact as changing your vehicle from a Suburban to a Prius (for all use, not just for commuting).
But for many people—whether they are already avid bikers or not—commuting by bike can seem daunting. Here are a few tips for removing some of the key obstacles people face and encouraging more people to bike to your office.