As most of you know Derek and I are avid bike riders, and by avid I mean Derek rides his to/from work and school and I ride mine anytime we’d usually walk or drive a car [within a 10mi radius]. So obviously I use the term loosely for me. However, if my firm was downtown [or in southtown] you bet your buttons I’d be peddling my bum everywhere [weather permitting]. We’re both firm believers in reducing our carbon footprint, so therefore this post is going to start out as a PSA and then close with a bunch of photos of pretty bikes incase you’re more persuaded by pretty colors.
Let’s take a look at this diagram..
Basically this represents the amount of space required to transport the same number of passengers by car vs. bicycle. Isn’t that a little insane? I understand that a lot of us work and live and shop in suburban areas where this isn’t possible so you can go ahead and skip to the pretty pictures. But for the rest of us who dwell in urban environments, riding a bicycle is not only beneficial to the environment, but also your own personal health [duh]. So the next time you need to grab some veggies from the store, or are meeting friends for drinks, why not take your bike?
As a designer we’re constantly developing LEED buildings which require bike racks and showers for commuters, but how many of these buildings actually take advantage of these features? Not very many. So then that’s the point?
If this diagram isn’t enough to make you feel bad for all of the gas you’re wasting, and oxygen you’re consuming, and smells you’re creating, and sounds you’re making then I’ll just have to resort to pretty pictures of bicycles. Take that!
yes even Gucci makes a bike, you can now ride next to JLo’s Fiat
See? Bicycles are cool! If these don’t make you want to jump up and get a bike right away, we’re fighting. Even if it’s just to ride around the neighborhood. It’s much more fun than the elliptical machine, especially if you have a bell! And for all you hipsters out there that only ride vintage fixie frames, this post isn’t for you.. so you can go back to knitting your cat a sweater vest out of recycled hair scrunchies. I know right?