Green is the New Black

Moe and I along with the rest of the Bike Commuters staff totally believe in the whole going green movement that we’ve recently seen become popular. Heck even Priscilla doesn’t eat food that has a face on it, that’s her way of helping reduce cow farts and waste bovines create. I think for the most part bike commuters in general are pretty keen on helping the environment by riding their bikes.

With all that said, I kept finding articles and videos of suggestions on how to go green or how companies have gone green.

Check out this article: “10 Ways to Go Green and Save Green” It lists bike riding and walking as a #1 way to go green

# Re-route your commute.

* Walk or bike to work and save money on gas and parking while improving your cardiovascular health and reducing your risk of obesity.
* If you live far from your office, investigate the option of telecommuting. Or move closer—even if this means paying more rent, it could save you money in the long term.
* If your streets are not conducive to biking or walking, lobby your municipal government to increase spending on sidewalks and bike lanes. With little cost, these improvements can pay huge dividends in decreased traffic and pollution.

TreeHugger has tons of tips on how to greenify your life. Here’s a few examples.

* How to Green Your Kids’ Toys
* How to Green Your Community
* How to Green Your Sex Life
* How to Green Your Coffee & Tea

Then there’s also this article on ABC’s website about how big companies are going green.

And finally, Al Gore…he made green sexy with his documentary.

Anywhoo, with what ever it is we’re doing to make our lives green, remember, the easiest way to do it is to…ride a bike.

Summer is rapidly approaching in many parts of the world, but it’s already made its appearance here in Florida. We’ve had summer-like temperatures for well over a month now, and with the recent tropical storm that passed through, humidity levels are ranging from 50% to 80%. That’s sticky!

How does a commuter combat the ravages of heat and humidity? Before I begin — know this: you cannot win against hot, humid conditions. A commuter can only hope to avoid the worst of the effects and come out only slightly withered.

First, and most importantly, hydrate. Drink plenty of water before, during and after a ride, no matter how short. Include sports drinks with electrolytes if you are a heavy sweat-producer.

Second, consider a change of clothes. Some commuters can get away with casual clothing at work, but for those of us who may need to have a more professional appearance, wearing a t-shirt or jersey and shorts and changing when getting to work is the only recourse. A pressed shirt and tie don’t look professional if there are huge sweatstains under your arms and on your back!! If you have to carry a change of clothes, consider panniers rather than a backpack or messenger bag and your back won’t get as sweaty.

Third, have your backup deodorant ready at work. Keep it in your desk and swab that stuff on liberally. Remember, your coworkers already think you’re crazy for riding; the last thing they need is to get a whiff of your sweaty, post-ride nastiness.

Fourth, try powdering “your boys” (or “girls”, as the case may be) before and possibly after your ride. Things tend to stick together less with a liberal coating of baby powder or cornstarch, if you get my drift…

Finally, give yourself some extra time to get to work — get there a few minutes early and find an out of the way place to “chill” for a few minutes before you have to get changed into your working duds.

It’s hot out there, kids — take care, try these tips and with a little luck, you’ll arrive in style. Your coworkers might never even know you rode to work!