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Commuting Smart: How it Benefits You and Public Health

May
16 2014

While cars provide convenience and accessibility, they also aren’t the most conducive way to promote a healthier world or healthier you. According to The American Lung Association State of the Air 2014 report, more than 147.6 million people-47 percent of the nation-live where pollution levels are too often dangerous to breathe. This ozone and particle pollution that’s spread in the air can increase the risk of heart disease, lung cancer and asthma attacks.

Sparking the behavior change inside yourself to opt for your bicycle, walk to work, or take public transportation can take some adjusting. However, there is considerable effort from national and state-run organizations to get the U.S. turned on to alternative modes of transportation. This month, the Worldways team worked to develop and launch the CommuteSMARTseacoast website, a Transportation Management Association that works to support smart commuting options in the Seacoast region of New Hampshire. While they are based in New Hampshire, the members of CommuteSMARTseacoast share many tips and tricks about commuting smarter that can be beneficial everywhere.

In celebration of May being national Bike Month, we compiled some biking do’s and don’ts from our friends at CommuteSMARTseacost.

DO:

  • Have your bike checked over by your local bike shop before hitting the road.
  • Wear bright and visible clothing that is also made out of a breathable fabric.
  • Look and signal before you change lanes and turn. Bikes are vehicles and should be treated as such.
  • Wear a helmet!

DON’T:

  • Forget to bring the appropriate materials to lock your bike if you know it will be left unattended.
  • Text and bike! Remember you are in a vehicle and need full attention on the road
  • Invest in an overly expensive bike. Go to your local bike shop and express what you are riding for to make an educated and smart decision.
  • Let your lack of experience on your bike deter you from getting back in action
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