Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Bike Commuting News March 8th, 2011

Rob Gusky, a process engineer at a Kimberly-Clark facility in Neenah, Wisconsin, travels to work year-round by bicycle, making the 17-mile round trip even in winter. Why? Because biking to work is good for his health, good for his pocketbook and good for the planet. What's not to like?

Gusky has led efforts to spread the practice through Kimberly-Clark. Spurred on by bicyclists inside the company, Kimberly-Clark now sponsors a competition among its employees to promote bike riding, a statewide program called "Get Up and Ride," a fall biking event to raise money for the United Way

“I've been to more than 100 cities in more than 40 states across this great country, and everywhere I've gone, people have said they want more ways of getting around,” LaHood wrote. “Often, they want to be able to leave their cars behind. This means improved transit like streetcars and buses.

“But it also means more opportunities--whether as a form of recreation or as a way of commuting--to walk or ride a bicycle safely. We can achieve that through off-street trails, as in the Philadelphia Area Pedestrian and Bicycle Network, or through on-street bike lanes, as along DC's own Pennsylvania Avenue.”

A University of Oregon student has released a great graphic depiction of America’s bicycle mode share, government spending on bike/ped infrastructure, and bicycle-related fatalities. Kory Northrop created the map, graphs, and text for an advanced cartography class and it gives a nice visual representation of various bike numbers.

Saying C2W plays vital role in creating new cyclists and helping people live healthier lives, the independent Office of Tax Simplification has recommended the continuation of the UK's Cycle to Work tax relief scheme.

Behavioural Impact Analysis, a report authored by the Cycle to Work Alliance, found that 76 per cent of C2W users said they would not have bought a bike if they hadn't been offered one through C2W. 87 per cent of those who cycle to work said they have noticed a direct health benefit from their more active commute.

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