CHOOSE THE TRAVEL METHOD THAT FITS YOU BEST
With the popularization of automobiles, problems such as traffic congestion and air pollution have begun to affect people's lives. Thus "World Car Free Day" was born. More and more cities around the world have joined this event, more and more countries also have begun to promote this significant event, and more and more people choose economical and environmentally green transportation methods such as public transportation, walking on foot and riding bicycles&electric bikes. Some people still have the question: Does it make sense to stop driving cars for just one day?
The answer is of course YES!
The day stopping driving automobiles on the World Car Free Day will reduce tons of harmful gas emissions.
The Jerusalem Post reported(JPost.com), air pollution levels plunge 99% in Jerusalem that day. This data means that Car Free Day really does work for the environment even just one day, which promotes it to advocate people to use green transportation.
So how to achieve car-free?
Walking is the first choice for those people who will go to the place near to them.
Research shows that walking for 30 minutes a day can burn lots of calories, and most people burn an average of 100 calories per mile walking. Be low-carbon and healthy, every step is so meaningful, right?
Bicycling is one of the most economical and green means of traveling. Regular cycling can not only prevent high blood pressure and heart disease but also prevent obesity and improve the respiratory function of the lungs, which keeps people healthy.
At the same time, bike-sharing has gradually become a new trend in cities. It not only eases traffic pressure but also makes reasonable use of idle bikes to provide convenience for people's travel.
As regular public transport, the bus is a great way to get around. And the common way to a far place is to travel via subway systems and commuter trains. Taking the same number of passengers, public transportation can save more than 80% of energy consumption, and the road resource occupancy is only about 10% of cars, which greatly improves the operating efficiency of the urban transportation system and is the most effective way to relieve urban traffic congestion.
Ridesharing is a great way to get out of the hassles of traffic, parking or the expense of gas. If you would go somewhere by taxi, it is a good idea to go joining a carpool or vanpool for Car Free Day!
Advocacy of low-carbon concepts has made electric bikes become the most photographed street star. Electric bikes consume electrical energy. Compared with fossil energy, electrical energy is clean and pollution-free.
Electric bikes are neither as bulky as motorcycles nor as slow as bicycles. They are labor-saving, fashionable and environmentally friendly. At the same time, the noise of the motor is also very low.
Electric bikes also can protect your knees, especially those people who want to ride a bike to get around. What you will do is just speed up the throttle. Of course, if you want to pedal, just do it. You can choose different modes as you like. The electric bike is really the best method of both and it makes cycling even easier.
Although the electric bike is a new booming green transport, actually it has already existed for more than one hundred years.
At the end of the 19th century, the very first electric bicycles occurred. According to Wikipedia, "on 31 December 1895, Ogden Bolton Jr. was granted U.S. Patent 552,271 for a battery-powered bicycle with '6-pole brush-and-commutator direct current (DC) hub motor mounted in the rear wheel'. There were no gears and the motor could draw up to 100 amperes (A) from a 10-volt battery."
“Two years later, in 1897, Hosea W. Libbey of Boston invented an electric bicycle (U.S. Patent 596,272) that was propelled by a "double electric motor". The motor was designed within the hub of the crankset axle. This model was later re-invented and imitated in the late 1990s by Giant Lafree e-bikes.”
“A bike equipped with an after market electric hub motor conversion kit, with the battery pack placed on the rear carrier rack. By 1898 a rear-wheel drive electric bicycle, which used a driving belt along the outside edge of the wheel, was patented by Mathew J. Steffens. Also, the 1899 U.S. Patent 627,066 by John Schnepf depicted a rear-wheel friction “roller-wheel” style drive electric bicycle. Schnepf's invention was later re-examined and expanded in 1969 by G.A. Wood Jr. with his U.S. Patent 3,431,994. Wood's device used 4 fractional horsepower motors; connected through a series of gears.”
The electric bike has been changed many times and improved a lot over the course of the past century. Now electric bikes become more and more popular around the world because it has plenty of advantages( click here to get more information), especially its environmentally friendly aspect. If you own an electric bike to travel as daily transport, every day will be "Car Free Day". Here is an story provided by one of KBO Bike enthusiasts, click and let's look at her evaluation about the KBO Breeze.
"Car Free Day" is more about popularizing an environmental concept and a healthy lifestyle to the public, advocating the concept of green travel and taking practical actions in daily life. Come on, low-carbon life starts today!