Commuting to work.
The bicycle is a great form of transportation as well as a recreation tool.
Instead of burning fossil fuel, commute to work by bicycle and burn calories.
Some workplaces now provide showers, lockers, and secure bicycle storage for
cycling commuters, and you may even be eligible for benefits under the new
Bicycle Commuter Act. Check with your employer.
In my hometown of Austin, Texas, I have a bike shop downtown called Mellow
Johnny's. There, we offer a bike drop, showers, storage lockers, and free coffee
on Fridays for bike commuters.
Quit smoking. Better yet, never start.
Smoking is bad for your health, of course. It also pollutes the air and
ground for all of us. Cigarettes contain more than 4000 chemicals, which are
exhaled and released into the atmosphere. Millions of cigarette butts are thrown
onto the ground every day. Some end up in rivers and lakes, poisoning fish and
other animals. And think about the packaging waste.
We all want to be healthy and enjoy active lives. People who smoke hurt
themselves, the people who love them, and the world we all live in.
Filter your water.
Every day in America, 60 million disposable plastic water bottles are
produced, filled, transported, and discarded. Here's a healthier, greener, and
more economical idea: a water filtration pitcher that connects to your kitchen
sink. For taste and convenience, I think the best filtered water comes from
Clear2O®. You can read more about it on this Web site.
For clean water whenever and wherever you need it, check out the latest in
mobile devices: the new Clear2Go™ reusable portable water bottle with 100-gallon
Encourage your kids to ride a bike.
Driving children to and from after-school activities, sporting events, and
friends' homes consumes precious time and fuel. Once your child reaches an
appropriate age, encourage him or her to make those trips on a bicycle. Invest
in a helmet, and make sure your child knows the rules of the road before setting
out. When you can, cycle along.
Cycling with my son Luke and my twins Isabelle and Grace means a little more
exercise for them and an opportunity for us to enjoy the outdoors together.