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4/30/2015 2:04:09 PM

National Bike Month: Pedal for Polar Bears

Polar bears can't ride bikes, but you can. And there is no better time to start running errands or commuting via bicycle than May—National Bike Month

National Bike Month is a chance to showcase the many benefits of bicycling — and encourage more folks to giving biking a try.

Everyone has his or her reason for biking. For us, it's polar bears. Polar bear habitat (sea ice), is forming later in the year and melting earlier due to anthropogenic global warming. Without sea ice there won't be polar bears. 

Riding a bike in lieu of driving means you are putting less climate change-causing carbon into the atmosphere. A solo driver, in an average car, releases about 1.1 pounds of CO2 per mile. And transportation accounts for 28% of greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. 

Riding instead of driving can make a big impact.

Ready to get started?

  • In May—or starting any day you choose—ride your bike to work, school, events, or when running errands. (For help in finding the best route, Google Maps has added bicycling as a transportation option.)
  • Invite others to join you! If you are already riding regularly, invite friends and colleagues to join you in making cycling a habit.
  • Make every day a day for polar bears. Sign up for the National Bike Commute Challenge, which runs from May to September. During last year's competition, more than 30,000 riders logged almost 19 million miles! 
  • Take it a step further by starting a bike commute challenge at your workplace or school. For ideas and support materials, see our Community Action Toolkits: one for adults and one for kids.
  • Speak up for biking and alternative transportation. Learn more and find tools to help you advocate for better biking in your community in our toolkits (adults, kids).
  • Share our pre-made social media images and content to help build momentum.
  • Finally, share photos or videos of your actions on PBI's Save Our Sea Ice Community Page.

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