The state of Texas sees more than 1,000 people move in daily. With such rapid growth, it’ll be important to pay attention to efficient ways to preserve space, energy and clean air in the community. San Antonio’s commitment to grow a biking community is observed in the city’s Bicycle Master Plan. It advocates for the promotion of health and wellness through biking, to reduce pollution and improve cost efficient methods for commuting around town.
Compared to other large cities, Texas ranked as the 45th state with numbers as low as one percent for the number of people biking to work in 2010 (Alliance for Walking and Biking Benchmarking Report, 2010). As of 2011, only seven percent of San Antonio and the Bexar County community were commuting to work on a bike (San Antonio/Bexar County MPO and ETC Institute).
There is an unmistakable need to improve these numbers for cleaner streets, a healthier, active community and low cost ways to maintain the environment and preserve space. It’s no denying that cars have always been the standard method for getting from point A to point B; but with 90 percent of Americans driving to work, the Union for Concerned Scientists finds that there is an overwhelming 30 percent of global warming emissions originating from cars.
As much money, time and commitment that we invest in cars, we should do the same thing, if not more, for bikes. There is a compelling need to start paying attention to our current routine. San Antonio would like us to start changing the way we do things to help improve our community for future generations to come.
Of course, if you do decide to bike to work, you’ll need to invest in a few items to ensure you’re fully equipped for your two-wheel journey.
Dress appropriately and comfortably according to the weather