ENVIRONMENT
05/16/2013 11:11 am ET

Bike To Work Day 2013: Tips For A Green Commute

A young man commuting in an urban city environment on his street bicycle, a waterproof bike bag on his back. This is the East
A young man commuting in an urban city environment on his street bicycle, a waterproof bike bag on his back. This is the Eastbank Esplanade in Portland, Oregon, that follows along the Willamette river. Downtown is visible across the water, the sun shining brightly between the buildings. Horizontal, in-camera lens flare, in motion.

There's never been a better time to consider walking, public transportation — or the greenest, most efficient form of transport: cycling.

Once a novelty of the Industrial Revolution, bicycles now supply millions of people with efficient, healthy, pollution-free daily transportation. Bicycles can reduce traffic congestion and noise. You can park a dozen bikes in the space of a single automobile, and the idea of a morning commute free of fossil fuels seems particularly attractive fuel costs go up and down.

Even if you only cycle once a week — on Casual Fridays, perhaps — you'll be reducing your weekly commute's environmental impact by 20 percent. That's about the same as trading your current vehicle for a hybrid, and a lot cheaper.

Yes, you'll sweat. No, you won't smell like a horse around the office. Yes, you can really do this. You'll be healthier and a little richer for the experience.

But commuting by bicycle takes planning. Let's get started!

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