Cycling helps to reduce the impact on the environment
In the UK alone, 1-6 metric tons of CO2 could be saved between 2020 and 2050 by embracing cycling as a part of the country’s new zero emission policy. In the Netherlands, one in four trips is made on a bike, while across Europe as a whole, 22 million cycling units were sold in 2020.
With so much emphasis being placed on this healthy and sustainable form of travel, it might be tough to imagine how biking could be made any greener. In reality, there are always subtle changes to the way you operate which can make cycling even more environmentally friendly.
In this short guide, we’ll look over some of the most effective ways to reduce the impact you’re having on the environment while riding a bike. Whether you’re a casual cyclist, or get out and ride every day, make sure to keep these green cycling tips in mind.
Clean your bike ethically
Cleaning a bike might not be something you’ve given much thought to – but using water from a tap means you’re adding to the consumption of an ever-decreasing supply. Instead, consider leaving buckets outside to collect rainwater, then washing your frame down with this instead. If you want to take a more environmental approach to cleaning your gear, consider going detergent-free.
Take care of your bike
Just as you would with a car, make sure your bike is kept in good condition during its lifespan. This will not only make your journey smoother, but also negate the need to regularly replace it as a result of wear and tear. In turn, this reduces any negative effects of bike manufacturing. Be sure to donate or recycle your old bike when it does finally reach the end of its journey.
Don’t litter on your trails
It might seem an obvious one, but it’s vital you always pick up after yourself whenever you head out on a biking adventure. While some things like plastics and bottles might be obvious, also be sure to minimise the impact things like chain oil and tyre rubber do on the local environment. This might only be possible when stationary, but it’s still something to keep in mind.
Pick your trails wisely
Certain natural trails are more likely to receive long term damage if you tackle them in the winter – when it’s easier to tear up grass, and harder for it to grow back. In colder, wetter months, try to stick to man-made paths which you know are going to be robust enough to handle being travelled. If you do happen to stumble across a natural route which is in good condition, try to keep it quiet. The less people on it, the better.
Have these tips given you a better understanding of how to be as ethical as possible when cycling? Be sure to keep them close to your heart the next time you head out for a ride.