Friday, June 5, 2015

Walking and biking!

“Twenty bicycles can be parked in the same space as one car. It takes around five percent of the materials and energy used to make a car to build a bike, and a bike produces zero pollution.” – Bikeradar.com

I often hear that everyone should take up walking and biking more often, for benefits to our health and our mind.  But they don’t only help us keep in shape and put us in a good mood, they’re also very environmentally friendly. And I don’t mean the stationary bikes and treadmills, but out in the open!

I was very lucky to live in a country where there are bike lanes everywhere and literally everyone knows how to ride a bike. A country where bikes are a part of the person, where they aren't left at home when it rains, or when it snows!! There is a saying that Dutch children learn how to ride a bike before learning how to walk ;)

I like both biking and walking. They give me an opportunity to explore new places, to get some fresh air and to make a good choice for the environment. When I was at school, on my lazy and unmotivated days, I would go by bus. And if I missed it (which happened very often), the bike was my saviour!

Unfortunately not all cities and countries give the opportunity to ride a bike safely or are as flat and easy to bike on. But there is always a more eco-friendly option than the car: public transport such as buses, trams, metros and trains. One vehicle could take more than 20 people to their destinations, a lot more that a car would, so you would be consuming less Co2 per person! Plus, you get to enjoy the view and not stress from the driving.

I encourage you to try and walk or bike to places more often: no pollution, exercise and a good opportunity to discover your surroundings!  :)

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