Energy Team Cycles Through May for Bike More Challenge
There are just 10 days left in the 2018 Bike More Challenge, and Oregon Department of Energy riders have already traveled more than 630 miles on two wheels! The Bike More Challenge is a competition among colleagues, friends, and family to ride as many miles on your bike as possible in the month of May.
Riding your bike – and encouraging others to ride – will earn points for yourself and your team. Not to mention, you can win great prizes. Logging just one day on your bike will earn you free chips and guacamole at Chipotle. Other great prizes are up for grabs, including a Pedego Conveyor e-bike.
Riding your bike is not just good for you – it’s also good for the environment. Yesterday, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality released its latest greenhouse gas emissions report. The results aren’t great. In fact, the largest contributor of greenhouse gas emissions in our state continues to be the transportation sector, and emissions from passenger cars and freight transport are on the rise.
Hopping on a bike instead of driving saves energy and cuts emissions. Cars produce almost a pound of pollution per mile – bikes produce zero!
- Get in a workout on your way to work. Cycling get your blood flowing, and boosts your brain, heart, and lungs.
- Using a bike to run errands can also have economic benefits. You’re more likely to shop locally at your neighborhood small businesses.
- Taking cars off the road and replacing them with bikes also cuts down on traffic... and idling cars in rush hour. Plus, you’ll breeze by traffic jams.
- Building a bike uses fewer natural resources than making cars, such as rubber from plants for tire materials.
It’s not too late to participate in the Bike More Challenge. Visit www.lovetoride.net/oregon to get started.