Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Let’s Bike Phinney-Greenwood!

You asked for it—bike classes are coming to the PNA! In response to requests from the community, and to support our continuing efforts towards sustainability, the PNA has partnered with Cascade Bicycle Club to offer three bike classes in April. The classes will help participants get ready for spring biking and bike month in May.

To encourage biking in the neighborhood, the PNA, with the help of Sustainable Greenwood-Phinney, is organizing a campaign called Let’s Bike Phinney-Greenwood in April and May. In addition to the classes, the campaign will celebrate Bike Month with several neighborhood events. Find out more about the bike classes, and other spring classes on our website.
So why bike?

  • For Health. With warmer spring weather, biking makes great, enjoyable exercise. Three hours of biking per week reduces the risk of heart disease and stroke by 50%. Whether for recreation or transportation, biking can burn 400 calories per hour. Go up and down the ridge, and it may be significantly more than that!

  • To Save Money. Owning a car can cost $10,000 per year, including maintenance, insurance, depreciation, and fuel. Even if you don’t give up a car, relying more on biking for transportation insulates you from rising fuel costs.

  • For a Better Environment. Significant savings in greenhouse gas emissions are just one of many environmental benefits of biking. Driving less reduces other air pollutants, like carbon monoxide, nitrous oxides and particulate matter, and it reduces water pollution from non-point sources—the largest pollution sources in Puget Sound. Biking requires significantly less pavement for lanes and parking than driving does, creating less storm-water run-off which reduces water pollution and sewer overflows.

  • For Better Communities. Biking has significant benefits for communities. Bicyclists are more likely to spend money at local businesses, and the money they save on transportation frees up disposable income. About 12 bikes can be parked in one car space, so biking contributes to dense, walkable neighborhoods. Like walking, biking allows for more interaction on the streets, building community—which is what the PNA is all about.

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