BLR’s Chief Content Officer Ed Keating is serving as a great example of a "green commuter" for other employees in BLR's Connecticut office. He has biked to work on several occasions, forgoing the Connecticut Turnpike (I-95) for back roads for the 30-mile round-trip from his home. He is among a few other employees at BLR who bike to work, navigating the busy shoreline roads to avoid jumping in the car for their daily commute.
The League of American Bicyclists encourages people across the nation to put on a helmet, jump on a bike, and ride to work. The League insists that riding a bike to work can benefit employees physically and financially, as well as help the environment.
Improve health. A majority of Americans don’t get enough exercise, and more than half of the U.S. population is overweight or obese. Many Americans suffer from weight-related illnesses and diseases that could be prevented with proper exercise. Riding a bike to work instead of driving can be a great way to fit exercise into your busy schedule and keep healthy.
Cut back on expenses. The average annual cost of maintaining an automobile is at least $3,000 versus the $300 it takes to maintain a bicycle. Furthermore, the cost of driving has increased exponentially with the cost of gas.
Help the environment. Automobiles are a large contributor to greenhouse gases. By riding a bike to work, you can help cut down emissions of carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, and hydrocarbons.
The League of American Bicyclists ranks bicycling friendly states. The ranks for our BLR locations are as follows: California (San Francisco) ranked 12th, Connecticut (Old Saybrook) 20th, and Tennessee (Brentwood) 26th. How did your state do?
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