Each year, the League of American Bicyclists designates May as National Bike Month in order to promote and celebrate the many benefits of bicycling as a sustainable form of transportation.
In celebration of National Bike to Work Day on Friday, May 21, 2021 Palmetto Clean Fuels coordinator Ben Kessler and Clean Cities University Workforce Development Intern Claire Windsor continued their efforts to bike to work. Ben and Claire each bike a little over three miles to work each way, replacing over 60 miles of travel per week with biking. Commuting to work on a bike can reduce energy use by up to 30x as compared to a single occupancy vehicle.
Columbia University’s Sabin Center for Climate Change Law has developed a tool to map commutes in different modes. Users can plug in their current location, where they are traveling, and how they’ll get there—walking, cycling, public transit, or driving. After pressing “Go,” the tool reveals how many pounds of carbon emissions the trip will generate.
PCF staff encourage South Carolinians to get outside and bike. Whether for exercising or commuting, bicycling is a great way to maintain physical and mental health, and reduce energy consumption.