Two words from me (you can check the Bulgarian version of this post, which is much more detailed).
It’s about the bicycle.
Yes, that bicycle.
A lot of people are writing today in their blogs, how we can change to world, and making it a better, greener place to live.
I’d like not to use so much words, but tell you about some action.
Some time ago (maybe 5 years or so), I started to ride a bicycle, instead of using the public transportation system, a personal car or the taxis.
I am not talking here about the bicycle as leisure or doing things like this (if you do things like this, you’ll have to search for tips somewhere else;-)
I’m talking about the bicycle as a transport in a big or small city.
I believe it’s one of the most effective means of transport, invented by humans till today.
It changed my life.
I am faster than a car, a bus, tram or even the underground.
I do not have to pay taxes, buy gas and oil, worry about expensive repairs and worry about finding a place to park my car.
In Amsterdam, which population is around 730’000 people, the preferred means of transport are the following: 35% – bicycle, 40% – cars, and 25% – public transportation system [source].
It means, around 250’000 people in this European city choose every day the bicycle.
It means, it is possible!
It’s more a question of personal choice.
And of wise municipal policy.
Would be nice if we, people, realise that small choices we make (like use a bicycle for transportation everyday), are worth much more than a thousand words in someone’s blog…
So stop reading (and writing) now, go buy a bicycle (if you didn’t yet do so), and start riding!
The Earth will be very grateful for this action of yours… :-)
And your co-citizens, too…
[note: 2007 image was removed from the servers of blogactionday.org so I replaced it with 2009 image…]