October Bike to School Challenge

So the old folks over at The Clean Air Campaign have issued an October Bike to Work Challenge. I figure if they can bike to work for an ENTIRE month, we have to be able to bike to school…right? I mean, after all, we are far younger, fitter, sprightlier, and can certainly bike circles around every one of them. Not to mention, we are far better looking.

Why should you bike to school? Well for starters, it’s awesome. But if you need any further persuasion, here you go:

1. Biking is fun. There is nothing more exhilarating than working hard to get up a hill, and then flying down the other side. For you thrill-seekers with a need for speed, you will greatly enjoy it. If you prefer to be a bit more cautious going downhill, then no worries, that’s what brakes are for.

2. Biking gets you in great shape. Now I’m not saying that biking a mile or two a day is going to get you looking like King Leonidas or the women’s Olympic track team (that takes a ridiculous diet and exercise routine, who knew), but biking to and from school is an incredible way to get in some daily exercise. It helps to tone your core muscles, as well as boosting your cardiovascular fitness level.

3. Biking is good for the air. Naturally, this is our favorite reason. The only pollution that comes from riding your bike is the CO2 that comes from your heavy breathing – which gets sucked up by trees and converted into oxygen. Riding your bike means one less car on the road, and one less pound of pollution per mile. Imagine how much air pollution you WOULDN’T create if your entire school rode a bike for just one day.

4. Biking is social. Riding in groups can be great fun. It’s an excellent way to show up your friends in a nice “last-one-there’s-a-rotten-egg” kind of way. And that victory tastes so much sweeter when you’re sucking down clean air instead pounds of pollution.

5. Biking gives you your own ride. If you’re not old enough to drive, haven’t gotten your license, or just plain don’t have a car, biking is a great solution. No more waiting around for your parents who bother you with their intrusive questions, no more waiting for your friends to pick you up. Just hop on your bike and you’re on your way.

In addition to bombing hills, getting ripped, and beating your friend in an all-out race, you can earn Air Creds for every day that you bike to school. Rack up enough Air Creds, and we will send you some sweet On Air swag to help support your clean air message.

So there you have it. Zero reason not to bike to school this month and show all those adults how youthful you are, and they once were. Remember to always wear a helmet. I know, you don’t look as awesome in a helmet (no one does), but it will sure save your good-lookin’ head in the event of a fall.

Ladies and gentlemen, start your pedaling. Because really, we ought to be able to beat this guy:


Tomorrow is International Walk to School Day!

Guess what? Tomorrow is International Walk to School Day!

But of course, you already knew that.

So we want to see you strut your stuff to and from school tomorrow. It’s good for you, and it’s good for the air.

In case you need some more encouragement, below are a few things that you may not have considered yet–but first, see what one of our student bloggers, Zoe Spencer, has to say about clean commuters at her school:

And now for some walking facts:

Walking to school promotes physical health: Seems like a no-brainer, right? Well walking to school is a great way to get some easy exercise in each and every day. While it may not seem like you’re pushing yourself too hard, every little bit helps.

Walking to school keeps our air clean: Walking to school throws a huge punch on behalf of our environment. For every person that walks to and from school, that’s one less car on the road emitting toxic fumes and polluting our air.

For every mile you drive, your car puts 1 pound of pollution in the air. That is a ton of pollution! Let’s face it, no one likes breathing polluted air, so why not drive less?

Walking to school is social: Get together with some of your friends or neighbors and walk to school in a group. It’s a great way to socialize and catch up on things you’ve missed (gossip), and to get your day started with a positive attitude.

Walking to school makes a statement:  Stand up for our environment. You can show your parents, teachers, and community leaders that we don’t have to rely on cars for everyday transportation. Your example will show everyone how easy it is to walk in your community. You could be a trendsetter!

What Are You Doing Next Week? Clean Commute With Us!

Wake up, ladies and gentlemen! Next week isn’t just any week. It’s the first full week of March, the week of National White Chocolate Cheesecake Day (March 6th) and, most importantly, Clean Commute Week! That’s right, a whole week dedicated to saving our air!

If you’ve been following our blog and are inspired to make changes, March 5th-9th is the perfect time to find clean ways to get to school and work. Throughout the week, schools across the state will highlight four clean modes of transportation: bus riding, biking, walking and carpooling.

I know what you’re thinking: This sounds cool. How can I get involved?

Walk or bike to school. Georgia Walk to School Day is March 7th, conveniently right after National White Chocolate Cheesecake Day. (Coincidence? We think not.) If you haven’t mapped out a walking route to your school yet, today’s the day. Remember to consider pedestrian and bicycle safety rules, and make sure to plan ahead to make it to class on time!

Organize a carpool. Driving to school with friends has multiple benefits: You save gas money, reduce air pollution and have an excuse to grab coffee in your reusable mug on the way.

Ride the bus. If you’ve already started driving, the last option on your mind may be riding the bus again to school. But consider this: According to publictransportation.org, public transportation saves 37 million metric tons of carbon dioxide per year, which is the same amount of emissions from electricity use in every household in Washington, DC; New York City; Atlanta; Denver; and Los Angeles– combined! Did you have any idea that riding the bus could make such a difference?

Volunteer at your local elementary or middle school’s Clean Commute Week. Offer to map out safe walking routes for children living in surrounding neighborhoods, or develop a fun fact sheet about air pollution that teachers can pass out.

Last, but certainly not least, get your friends involved! No matter how you choose to celebrate Clean Commute Week, you’ll have more fun and make a bigger impact when other people join you.

What are your ideas for clean commuting? Let us know how you plan to celebrate the week!

Bamboo Bike

Hi Guys,

This week we are celebrating Clean Commute Week. Clean Commute Week is a five day event for schools that raises awareness about clean commute options.

Throughout the week encourage four clean modes of transportation: biking, walking, bus riding, and carpooling. To kick off the week, lets talk about biking and some of the advantages of riding one.

“The bicycle is a simple machine that can help solve some of our planet’s most complicated problems.” – Carolyn Szczepanski

Whether you rely on your bike for transportation or not, it is a great way to get exercise and maintain your health. Riding your bike to and from school helps to reduce your environmental impact and is one of the best options for you to get around.

Check out the eco-bike! It’s made with bamboo, an Eco-friendly product that can help you create a more sustainable future. Would you ride this bike?



We challenge you to clean commute for the entire week. Be sure to let us know how it goes. Happy commuting!!!! 🙂