Bicycle Riding: Pedaling for the Planet

Biking is healthy for you and the environment. Follow our five quick, easy tips to get ready to cycle.

| July/August 2006

Bicycling is one of the most sustainable and beneficial forms of transportation. American car owners drive an average of 40 miles per day. If they rode a bike instead, they could save 14 gallons of gas (and a good bit of money) each week. They’d burn around 500 calories per hour while helping keep the air clean and the climate cool. Here’s how to be an earth-friendly cyclist:


Those who travel with bikes often or use public transportation might consider a bike that folds to a smaller size. offers a full-size folding bicycle; sells a small-wheel bike that folds to fit in a standard suitcase.

If your one-way car commute is 10 miles or less, an electric bicycle will get you there in about the same amount of time. Electric bikes are everyday bicycles with an added battery-powered electric motor that you plug in to recharge; they’re perfect for a sweat-free trip to the workplace. sells electric bike conversion kits.

Biodegradable degreasers and vegetable-based lubricants will keep your wheels turning. offers a soy-based multipurpose lubricant; offers a biodegradable degreaser made from citrus extracts.

SAVE BICYCLES FROM THE LANDFILL. recycles old bicycle parts into clocks, tables, picture frames and jewelry. For a list of more bike recycle programs, visit the International Bicycle Funds website,

Subscribe today and save 58%

Subscribe to Mother Earth Living !

Mother Earth LivingWelcome to Mother Earth Living, the authority on green lifestyle and design. Each issue of Mother Earth Living features advice to create naturally healthy and nontoxic homes for yourself and your loved ones. With Mother Earth Living by your side, you’ll discover all the best and latest information you want on choosing natural remedies and practicing preventive medicine; cooking with a nutritious and whole-food focus; creating a nontoxic home; and gardening for food, wellness and enjoyment. Subscribe to Mother Earth Living today to get inspired on the art of living wisely and living well.

Save Money & a Few Trees!

Pay now with a credit card and take advantage of our earth-friendly automatic renewal savings plan. You’ll save an additional $5 and get six issues of Mother Earth Living for just $19.95! (Offer valid only in the U.S.)

Or, choose Bill Me and pay just $24.95.

Facebook Pinterest Instagram YouTube Twitter

Free Product Information Classifieds