Bike Commuting: Holding Strong

Blog by Julie Urlaub, Founder and Managing Partner at Taiga Company
Nov 10, 2010 9:55 AM ET

Taiga Company Blog by Julie Urlaub, Founder and Managing Partner at Taiga Compa…

The post, Bicycling Beats the Odds - National Rates Hold states, "Despite predictions that the number of Americans biking to work would fall after gas prices returned to "normal" in 2009, the percentage has held steady, according to the American Communities Survey. "  Additionally, a Rodale Press survey found that Americans want to have the opportunity to bike to work instead of driving, with 40 percent of those surveyed saying they would commute by bike if safe facilities were available.   

As explained in our eco friendly consulting, bike commuting to work is a valued component of a personal sustainability program.   In a recent post, Top 10 Benefits of Bicycle Commuting Programs for Businesses, we explored the benefits to employers offering a bike commuting program.  But what's in it for the employee?   Bike commuting improves your health: •    Staying in better shape will decrease your chances of getting sick. •    National health statistics show that when you're more active, you decrease your risk for cancer, heart disease, obesity and diabetes. •    Bicycle commuting allows you to include your workout in your daily schedule and helps to meet fitness goals.   Bike commuting improves your mood: •    More energy available throughout the day. •    Improved health and happiness. •    Regular participation in a cycling routine naturally shifts your focus to include thoughts of the weather, areas in your community to ride, road safety, and traffic.  Thereby increasing your awareness of the link between the environment and your community.   Bike commuting saves you money: •    Reduce car maintenance. •    Reduce your gas bill. •    Reduce parking costs. Bike commuting helps the environment by reducing your carbon footprint.   Are you ready to get started and bike to work?   As mentioned in our eco friendly training, following are resources to help you get started. Click here to continue reading

Home to one third of the earth's trees, the Taiga is the largest land-based biosphere and encircles the globe. Its immense oxygen production literally changes the atmosphere and refreshes the planet. It is this continuous renewal that has shaped Taiga Company's vision to drive similar change in the business world. Taiga Company seeks to be the "oxygen for your business".