A New Year – A New Way to Travel: Part II

Happy Chinese New Year! It is the year of the dragon, which symbolizes change, mobility and hope for a prosperous future. We thought that was a perfect fit into our “bicycle” themed post this week as HASTE continues to put a new spin on helping you achieve your resolutions for 2012.

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  1. Learn Something New – Or rediscover something old! A Canadian study found that although 94% of adults rode bikes as children, only 6% are frequent users today (Green Report, 2010). There is no better time than the start of a new year to dust off your old bike and take advantage of British Columbia’s growing cycling infrastructure. Discover Google maps new “bicycle” option to help guide your school travel on marked cycling infrastructure and then share your favourite route to school with others by using HASTE’s Online Route Planner.

  2. Save Money – Feeling a little financially crunched after the holidays? Need to cut back on your spending? Here’s one way: Did you know that it costs an average of $7000 per year to own and operate a motor vehicle and only $150 annually for a bicycle? (Health Canada, 2007). Think of what you could do with those savings! And guess what? Walking is totally FREE! (well except for the cost of shoes, I guess).

  3. Enjoy Life More – I think we can all relate to this one to some degree. Walking and Cycling allow for more personal and environmental interaction within your community. Just watching a child’s commute to school reminds us that transportation is not only about “moving people and goods, it is about wonder, discovery, joy and happiness” (O’Brien, 2005). Grab life by the handle bars and sign up for Bike to School Week in May (details to come) and look for International Walk to School Week in October and see how easy it can be to add some happiness into your daily commute.

That’s it, hope it helps. Stay tuned for the next blog posting as we make our way to the #1 resolution of the year!

  • Read resolutions 10,9, and 8 here!
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    A New Year – A New Way to Travel: Part I

    Looking to lose weight? Want to spend more time with friends and family? Trying to save money?
    Do these resolutions sound familiar?

    See how HASTE has put a new spin on the 10 most popular New Year’s resolutions. You’ll be amazed at how active and sustainable transportation can help achieve your New Year’s resolutions this year.

    Over the next month stay tuned as we post active and fun travel solutionsto common new year’s resolutions.Counting down from 10, here we go with the first 3.

    1. Learn to let go of the past – Just as we have moved from horse to engine, it’s now time to “Dispense of the Motor Vehicle” (if only for every day local travel). In 2012 try to let go of traditional driving habits and join the active transportation future! Walking and biking are two of the oldest and most efficient forms of self-propelled transportation. Maybe we shouldn’t be letting go of the past after all?

    1. Help Others – Be a role model at your school and in the community and inspire others by walking the walk or biking the talk! Find helpful resources on HASTE’s website for ways to encourage active transportation initiatives at your school!

    2. Manage Stress – Driving can be a very stressful activity. You can alleviate that stress by leaving the car at home and walking or biking to your destination. Fresh air and a dose of physical activity makes you feel good and contributes to a healthy head and heart.

    The list continues! Read more resolutions here

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