May is National Bike Month and May 13-17, 2013 is Bike to Work Week. The U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey shows that number of Americans commuting by bike has increased by 47 percent since 2000. Hitting the road on two wheels has benefits for your health and the environment. Studies have shown that adults who bike to work have better weight, blood pressure and insulin levels; adolescents who bike are 48 percent less likely to be overweight as adults. Plus, leaving your car behind for even one trip saves gas, reduces air pollution and saves money. In 2012, traffic congestion in the U.S. wasted about 2.9 billion gallons of gas - enough to fill the New Orleans Super Dome four times – and the total financial cost of congestion was 112 billion dollars. That works out to about 818 dollars per commuter.
Viewer Tip: Try biking to work or school just one day this week. Research has shown that the length of about half of all car trips – three miles – can be covered as quickly on a bike when parking and traffic delays are taken into account. These resources will help you on your way:
(Sources: League of American Bicyclists. “May is National Bike Month!” ; Bikes Belong, “Stats and Research,” ; Texas A&M Urban Transportation Institute, “As Traffic Jams Worsen, Commuters Allowing Extra Time for Urgent Trips.”)
After a brief cooldown in the eastern U.S. early this week, temperatures will again surge to springtime levels.
California’s stormy winter continued early this week as another potent storm swept through Northern California with heavy rain and gusty winds.
Less than 48 hours after record-challenging warmth, a storm will threaten parts of the Plains and Upper Midwest with blizzard conditions prior to the end of the week.
Blustery showers and strong wind gusts will lead to difficult travel at times this week as Storm Doris passes through.
With bathing suit season on the horizon, many are desperate to lose the excess weight they’ve put on during the dark, dreary days of winter.
Beneficial rain will help ease the brush fire danger across Florida at midweek and bring an end to a prolonged stretch of dry weather.
In line with Punxsutawney Phil’s 2017 prognostication, forecasters are predicting winter weather will linger into spring across much of the United States.
A storm will continue to unleash heavy rain, gusty winds and mountain snow across Northern California into Tuesday.