Companies say a large chunk of their carbon footprints come from employees driving to work. For example, REI states that about 34 percent of its operational greenhouse gas emissions are due to employee commutes. So, how can companies lighten that footprint and encourage employees to bike to work? Make it easy, safe and fun. Emphasize the benefits. Give them free bicycles to use, have places to park them, and have hot showers available. Also, set the example by bicycling to work yourself.
Bicycling not only helps preserve the earth. It also makes us happier and healthier. Unless you ride an electric bike, you’ll get exercise, and exercise creates happy dopamine chemicals in your brain. Studies also show that exercising and being outdoors reduces stress, energizes you, boosts your confidence and helps you sleep better. When you bike to work the environment thrives, you save money and you’re considered hip. It’s a win, win, win.
To help companies improve their environmental impact and to help you exercise, here’s a list of the newest bike gadgets that will help you pedal around town safely.
All you have to do to turn your bike into this smart electric hybrid is replace your back wheel with the Copenhagen Wheel.
Volvo’s vision is that, by 2020, no one will be seriously injured or killed by a Volvo. The company's motto is: “The best way to survive a crash is to not crash.” Makes sense.
Or perhaps you’ll decide to commute on the Raht Racer, a three-wheeled bike that can zoom up to 70 miles per hour, so you can take it on highways. (Check it out below.) A bike that goes 70 mph on a highway sounds perfectly safe. No danger there.
Urban designers have figured out how to create safe intersection crossing for bicyclists. Like most bike innovations, the Dutch came up with the idea first. There are four main elements to the intersection design: corner refuge island, forward stop bar for bicyclists, a setback bike crossing, and bicycle-friendly signal phasing. If you’re confused, watch the animated film below. The design looks like a really cool pinball game.
Better yet, maybe your neighborhood will decide to ban cars. Like this town in South Korea that banned cars for one month and had an Ecomobility Festival to help residents get an idea of how the future could be.
* Image credit: drburtoni, Flickr