Earth Calendar for May 12th and May 13th

May 12, 2014

May has been designated as National Bike Month and May 12th through May 16th is Bike to Work Week. The number of Americans commuting by bike increased by 47 percent between 2000 and 2011.

Bike commuting rates in large, bicycle-friendly communities like DC, Philadelphia, Denver, Portland and Lexington, KY, increased by 80 percent over the same time period. Need convincing to hop on two wheels? Consider this: Biking benefits your health. Being active outside improves mental and physical well-being. Regular physical activity can reduce the risk for many health conditions, including high blood pressure and heart disease.  Biking also benefits the environment…and your wallet. Leaving your car behind for even one trip saves gas and reduces air pollution. In 2012, traffic congestion in the U.S. wasted about 2.9 billion gallons of gas – enough to fill the New Orleans Super Dome four times! The total cost of all that congestion? 112 billion dollars or about 818 dollars per commuter. Research has shown that the length of about half of all car trips – three miles – can be covered as quickly on a bike when parking and traffic delays are taken into account.  For further information please visit the website.

On Our Calendar: Explore the beautiful areas surrounding Yellow Springs with Chris Clements, Imago’s Executive Director. See the area with new eyes as a naturalist helps you discover the unique eponymous yellow springs, the Class VI rapids on the Little Miami and the beautiful wildflowers of the area. The Boots and Brews hike will end with a stop to taste local beers and wines. May 18th, begins at noon. More information and location at the website.