Sunday, September 23, 2012

September 22 is World Car-Free Day

September 22 is Autumnal Equinox, it is the time of the year when the Sun crosses the Earth's Equator. It signifies the further lengthening of the night for those living north of the equator. It is also World Car-Free Day. According to The Washington Post, the event "promotes improvement of mass transit, cycling and walking, and the development of communities where jobs are closer to home and where shopping is within walking distance"
This is an opportunity for those people who have cars to give up their car keys even for a day. Just by not using your car for a day will contribute a lot to lessen the carbon dioxide thrown into the air. On an average car, 20 pounds of carbon dioxide is produced when a gallon of fuel is consumed. That estimate was done way back in 2002. Sure, the cars of today are more fuel efficient than those produced ten years ago. And these are just cars. What is more disturbing is the fact that more motorcycles ply the road in the Philippines.
Carbon dioxide is not the only emission from motorized vehicles that we should worry about. Oxides of nitrogen, sulfur, and a host of other compounds can be found when we burn fossil fuel. These and other pollutants are constantly dumped in the Earth's atmosphere. These pollutants cause a number of respiratory ailments to people living in urban areas where motorized vehicles are concentrated.
Help make the world a livable place. Instead of using your car, use your feet, bike, or public transport more often. Free yourself!
It's good to see people cycling
So clean and so fresh
My primary weapon in the fight against pollution: the bicycle
Bike Stats:
09/22/2012 07:40

Created by My Tracks on Android.Name: 09/22/2012 07:40
Activity type: cycling
Description: -
Total distance: 32.88 km (20.4 mi)
Total time: 2:45:27
Moving time: 2:14:19
Average speed: 11.92 km/h (7.4 mi/h)
Average moving speed: 14.69 km/h (9.1 mi/h)
Max speed: 43.83 km/h (27.2 mi/h)
Average pace: 5.03 min/km (8.1 min/mi)
Average moving pace: 4.09 min/km (6.6 min/mi)
Fastest pace: 1.37 min/km (2.2 min/mi)
Max elevation: 364 m (1196 ft)
Min elevation: 59 m (193 ft)
Elevation gain: 1103 m (3620 ft)
Max grade: 12 %
Min grade: -12 %
Recorded: 09/22/2012 07:40

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