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My name is Big, Big McLargehuge. I'm the Ultra Commuter of BikeCommuters.com. All these other pansies on this site don't commute nearly as much as I do. In fact some of them even own cars! I don't have a car, it's probably because the Law says I'm not allowed to drive on the road...but whatever.

Happy Mothers Day!

Well it was like Christmas, my birthday, and mothers day all wrapped up in one for me today! I wanted to share my new toy. Not only did RL bring me home a new pair of biking shorts and new jersey but he brought home this beautiful beach cruiser!

Get Your Own!

Isn’t she pretty?!? Happy Mothers Day to everyone!

So what causes more damage to our earth? Our hamburgers or cars?

So as bike commuters we all seem to be aware of global warming and the impact that driving cars has on it. Most of us seem to be “pro-earth” and concerned about making a difference.

I was forwarded an article a few weeks back on the subject of bicycling vs meat eating. In Nov of 2006 the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization released a study stating that animal agriculture causes more greenhouse gas emissions then all the world’s transportation combined!

Here are a few key points from the study:

-In all, livestock production accounts for 70 percent of all agricultural land and 30 percent of the land surface of the planet. Expansion of livestock production is a key factor in deforestation, especially in Latin America where the greatest amount of deforestation is occurring – 70 percent of previous forested land in the Amazon is occupied by pastures, and feedcrops cover a large part of the remainder.

The livestock sector is a major player, responsible for 18 percent of greenhouse gas emissions measured in CO2 equivalent. This is a higher share than transport.

-The world is moving towards increasing problems of freshwater shortage, scarcity and depletion, with 64 percent of the world’s population expected to live in water-stressed basins by 2025.
The livestock sector is a key player in increasing water use, accounting for over 8 percent of global human water use, mostly for the irrigation of feedcrops. It is probably the largest sectoral source of water pollution, contributing to eutrophication, “dead? zones in coastal areas, degradation of coral reefs, human health problems, emergence of antibiotic resistance and many others. The major sources of pollution are from animal wastes, antibiotics and hormones, chemicals from tanneries, fertilizers and pesticides used for feedcrops, and sediments from eroded pastures. Global figures are not available but in the United States, with the world’s fourth largest land area, livestock are responsible for an estimated 55 percent of erosion and sediment, 37 percent of pesticide use, 50 percent of antibiotic use, and a third of the loads of nitrogen and phosphorus into freshwater resources.



So what does this all mean? Well our burgers and steaks are causing quite a demand. To meet this need we tear down forrest to build cattle farms. We pump these cattle with anti-biotics, we spray their food with chemicals, slaughter them and I don’t even want to mention where their poop ends up. This poop is releasing all this gas into the air! And it’s a lot of poop – about 120lbs a day for a well fed cow! This affects the coastal areas, coral reefs, fresh water resources, animal species, and ulitmately us. There is a lot of news lately surrounding the climate changes and global warming – and all of this is connected. This is what is stated by the United Nations report in the Executive Summary:

“The livestock sector emerges as one of the top two or three most significant contributors to the most serious environmental problems, at every scale from local to global. The findings of this report suggest that it should be a major policy focus when dealing with problems of land degradation, climate change and air pollution, water shortage and water pollution, and loss of biodiversity.

Livestock’s contribution to environmental problems is on a massive scale and its potential contribution to their solution is equally large. The impact is so significant that it needs to be addressed with urgency. Major reductions in impact could be achieved at reasonable cost.?

So I found this study to be very interesting. That our demand for meat causes more problems for our earth then our cars. We talk often of doing our part for the environment by riding our bikes, but hardly ever mention our diets as being a factor. Now this may not be everyones motivation for riding their bike. Some of us just love to ride.

Now don’t get me wrong – my husband still loves a good bbq. But this is some real thought provoking info. I am not expecting the world to stop eating it’s steak but we should definitely consider the amount of meat we are consuming and the impact it is having on our earth. Don’t forget also organic alternatives. If you can’t give up your meat organic meats are a better alternative. I definitely encourage you to read through the full report before sending your hate mail! Click here for the full report.

THE RIDE OF SILENCE™ WILL NOT BE QUIET

On May 16, 2007, at 7:00 PM, the Ride of Silence™ will begin in North America and roll across the globe. Cyclists will take to the roads in a silent procession to honor cyclists who have been killed or injured while cycling on public roadways. Although cyclists have a legal right to share the road with motorists, the motoring public often isn’t aware of these rights, and sometimes not aware of the cyclists themselves.

In 2003, Chris Phelan organized the first Ride Of Silence in Dallas after endurance cyclist Larry Schwartz was hit by the mirror of a passing bus and was killed.

The Ride Of Silence is a free ride that asks its cyclists to ride no faster than 12 mph and remain silent during the ride. There is no brochure, no sponsors, no registration fees and no t-shirt. The ride, which is held during Bike Safety month, aims to raise the awareness of motorists, police and city officials that cyclists have a legal right to the public roadways. The ride is also a chance to show respect for those who have been killed or injured.

For more information, please go to: www.rideofsilence.org

Do you DREAM about being a BIKE ADVOCATE?!?!?!

Well my friend, here’s your chance! I just received this from our friend Bike Los Angeles:

LACBC is Los Angeles’ only member-based bicycle advocacy organization and they need your help. Things are changing here and it takes work on our part to keep it going. Get involved!

SUPER VOLUNTEER TRAINING
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
BECOME AN LACBC SUPER VOLUNTEER
TUESDAY, APRIL 10
7:00-9:00 PM

Are you passionate about bicycling? Want to get more involved with LACBC? We’re looking for a few energetic, outgoing people to train as Super Volunteers! Super Volunteers will be called on a few times a year to represent LACBC at public events and talk to people about cycling and the LACBC mission. If you care about bike advocacy and want to connect with the cycling community, giving your time as a Super Volunteer will be fun and rewarding.Try out for the team! Join our training session on Tuesday, April 10. Pizza will be served.

RSVP to monica@labike.org or call (213) 629-2142.

Join LACBC Today!
If you share our vision of a more bike-friendly Los Angeles County,
BECOME A MEMBER NOW
Get up to 20% off at bike shops and help us continue working for you!

Event Location
LACBC Headquarters
634 S. Spring St Mezzanine Level
Los Angeles, 90014

I can’t support bike lanes…

Courtesy of the Surly Blog.

Check out what this guy had to say….

“I can’t support bike lanes. Roads are built for buses, cars, and trucks. My heart bleeds when someone gets killed, but it’s their own fault at the end of the day.”

-Rob FordToronto City Councillor
Email: councillor_ford@toronto.ca

We urge all friends of the bike to send a message to Mr. Ford explaining why he is way off-base. We recommend that you don’t use any threatening terms or obscenities, as hard as that may be to do.

Below is a message you can copy and send to Councilor Ford:

As a cyclist and concerned citizen, I find your remarks concerning bike lanes to be appalling, highly inappropriate, and even dangerous. Cyclists have the same rights to the road as any motor vehicle in Canada, as well as the United States. Bicycles offer a reduction in traffic, improved environmental protection and better public health.

On behalf of the families and loved ones of cyclists killed by automobiles, we, the cycling community demand a retraction of your statement and an apology. Please know that your comments are rapidly circulating within the cycling community around the globe, and many cyclists hold prominent positions in society. What’s more, cyclists vote.