Friday, June 25, 2010

Breakfast For Bikers

Brake for coffee with fellow cyclists, Trailnet, and the Downtown Partnership for St. Louis on your way to work! Enjoy coffee provided by The London Tea Room and bagels provided by St. Louis Bread Company. Join us downtown the last Wednesday of every month! For more information, e-mail

Time: 6:30am-9:30am
Location: The Old Post Office Plaza, 9th and Locust
Date: Wednesday, June 30th

Photos from Trailnet's Bike to Work Day

Why should I bike to work?
Commuting by bike is a great way to get exercise while making St. Louis a better place. Biking to work is not just for the Lance Armstrong look-alikes or cuffed jean hipsters--it is for everyone! Here are some quick facts on how biking to work cannot only change your life and your workplace, but the environment, as well!

Biking to Work Helps Your Health:

  • Employees who exercise 30 minutes a day have lower health care costs than those who remain sedentary*
  • 80% of new bicyclists improve their heart and lungs in only eight weeks
  • Cycling leads to improved mental health and productivity in the workplace
  • Cyclists on average live two years longer than non-cyclists and take 15% fewer days off work due to illness
  • Those who bike to work are more fit, leaner, less likely to be obese, and have better triglyceride levels, blood pressure, and insulin levels than those who do not actively commute to work, according to a study of nearly 2,400 adults.

Biking to Work Helps Your Business:
  • In a 2007 survey of young professionals, 92% said they prefer to work for a company that is environmentally friendly.**
  • It costs three to four times more to enroll a sedentary adult in a structured exercise program than to teach them how to integrate moderate-intensity physical activity into their life (such as bicycling for transportation.)

Biking to Work Helps the Environment:
  • Motor vehicles produce $56 billion in health and other non-climate-related damages, about 1.2 to 1.7 cents for every mile traveled, according to a 2005
  • A short, four-mile round trip by bicycle keeps about fifteen pounds of pollutants out of the air
  • The more cyclists on the road, the more aware drivers are leading to less cycling accidents and fatalities

*Active Living Research Active Transportation Research Brief
**Statistics from the Bikes Belong Coalition

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