Climate Matters: Start cycling to help out our environment

With the spring weather coming on, there’s no doubt there will be more people getting around on bicycles.

Events during Armidale’s Bike Week, from September 16 to 23, are one more reason to jump on a bike. 

Apart from being fun, cheap and good for your health, swapping some trips by car for a bicycle can reduce your personal carbon footprint. Bicycle riding does produce some carbon emissions but it is minimal - mostly from the production of food that “fuels” the rider.

Each ride that replaces a car trip makes a small yet very welcome reduction to our carbon emissions.

...many of us are well-positioned to ride our bikes just a little bit more to help reduce emissions that are fuelling damaging climate change in our world.

The more you get into the habit of making these trips, the greater the overall reduction. And the more you do, the more it will inspire others you know to do the same!

Research also clearly shows the vast majority of Australian adults who own bicycles also drive cars. Many of these bikes sit covered by dust and cobwebs in sheds, yet could be easily used for many shorter trips around town.

Carbon emissions from the transport sector have continued to grow, with the growth from private passengers vehicles (PPVs) like cars being the highest of all.

Whereas we cannot easily control the transport emissions from many sources (such as the trucks that bring our food to the supermarket) many of us are well-positioned to ride our bikes just a little bit more to help reduce emissions that are fuelling damaging climate change in our world.

To help you feel how refreshing, healthy and easy bike riding is, Armidale’s Bike Week will feature the Family Fun Creek Ride on Sunday, September 16.

Gather at Curtis Park next to the Farmers’ Market at 10.30am for a leisurely ride along the cycleway, or be more energetic and join the QR code chase. There will be prizes.

A Commuter Challenge runs from Monday, September 17 to Sunday, September 23. Register as an individual or team and record how many kilometres you ride in the week. Let’s see who rides the most.

Go to SLArmidale.org/bikeweek to register for the Commute Challenge and find out more about the Family Fun Creek Ride. Bike week is supported by the NSW government and Sustainable Living Armidale.

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