Articles Posted in the Lifestyle, Transport category

Pedalling uphill

May 19, 2008
Posted in Lifestyle, Transport

I’d like to share this interesting little factoid from Friends of the Earth UK.

A half-hour commute by bike will burn eight calories a minute, or 11kg of fat a year. And for every 8km trip you cycle rather than drive you’re saving 1.6kg of carbon dioxide (based on a 200 g/km by car).

Wouldn’t it be nice if it wasn’t quite so terrifying to ride a bicycle on Joburg’s roads?

Plot your way to health

December 3, 2007
Posted in Transport

We all know that getting out of our cars and onto our bikes is not only good for us but is also good for the environment. The average car pumps out around 160g of carbon dioxide for every kilometer you drive, so even one bicycle ride a week, instead of a short car journey, reduces your carbon footprint.

One of our favourite online tools for tracking our cycling routes is Mapmyride. Using Google Maps, Mapmyride makes it easy to plan a cycling route and then share it with friends and other cyclists.

What we also really like is that if you have Google Earth installed, Mapmyride shows the elevation of the various parts of your route. Which is important if you want to make sure you’re not faced with a long uphill on the way back home.

Mapmyride is also good for finding interesting routes when next you’re on holiday in unfamiliar territory. Get cycling.