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Reasons to Bike to Work

May 22, 2017 at 3:15 pm
By Natalie Jacobson

For the second year, Carleton’s Sustainability Office has hosted Bike to Work Week for faculty and staff, in efforts to encourage biking as an accessible transportation option. This year’s Bike to Work Week happened last week (May 15-19).

You might be wondering, “Why bike to work when I can easily drive my car?”

Here are a few points to consider:

  1. Biking provides health benefits.
    • Biking for an hour burns at least 500 calories!
    • It raises your heart rate, which brings cardiovascular benefits.
    • It makes use of a wide range of muscles including your hamstrings, core, and calves.
  2. Biking reduces your carbon footprint.
    • Unlike diving a car, riding a bike does not require any fuel, toxic batteries, or motor oil.
    • You can reduce your annual CO2 emissions by over one ton!
  3. Biking benefits your mental health and sense of well-being.
    • According to WebMD, a recent British study on biking showed that commuters who began biking daily instead of driving experienced lower levels of stress and higher levels of concentration at work. 

Finally, a fun fact about biking!

Did you know that Minnesota is ranked the #2 on the list of “Most Bike Friendly U.S. State” by the League of American Bicyclists?


For the full list of rankings and rationales, check out the League’s state biking scorecards.

Happy Biking, Carleton!

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