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Can I get a bike over here? May 13, 2010

Posted by jdoetkott in Lifestyle.
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I recently saw this video from GOOD and whether it be from lack of sleep or just a predisposition towards bicycles, I was really struck by this video.

The video shows a high level of bike traffic in Utrecht, Holland and suggests that it is indeed possible for us to give up our cars and use pedal power as a primary mode of transportation. Americans in general are reluctant to give up their cars, it must have something to do with the freedom. But as we all look for ways to go green I think it’s important to remember that changing your lifestyle actually means changing your lifestyle. If you really want to reduce your carbon footprint buying recycled paper is good, but choosing not to burn gallons of fossil fuels on your way to work is even better.

Coming from Minneapolis, this concept of biking is not new to me. Minneapolis has been named the most cyclist friendly city in the U.S. and has the highest number of bikers. So now I don’t know whether to say “Be like them” or “Be like us.” But either way I thought I would call attention to this very simple idea.

Ride your bike more. It’s good for you, it’s good for the environment, and it’s good for showing off your butt in tight bike shorts. We can all do more to reduce our impact on the environment, and biking is one of the simplest and most beneficial solutions.