With the start of the new year, many people are looking to save money and go green. Choosing eco friendly transportation alternatives can help you reduce expenses and lighten your carbon footprint. My husband and I are avid motorcyclists and get away as often as we can for a journey on the open road. When I met him in college, he had just purchased his first bike and it was our only means of transportation for quite a while. Let me tell you, riding in New Hampshire in November can get QUITE chilly! In graduate school, we upgraded to a nicer bike…the cost of the bike was offset by the fact that we got free parking on campus! Anyone who has been in graduate school knows that free is great! We sold that bike when we moved to Atlanta but soon after bought our third and current ride, a BMW RT1100 that he washes and polishes with a disturbing regularity. I cannot image NOT having a motorcycle…there is just something amazing about a ride through the mountain roads, taking a hairpin turn with the wind rushing over your helmet. There is truly nothing more invigorating!
Are Two Wheels Greener Than Four?
I will not get into safety issues in this article. Suffice it to say that my husband has taken defensive motorcycling classes and is aware that at all times CARS DON’T SEE HIM. He has taken his bike out into deserted roads and empty parking lots to learn how it handles in a sharp turn or with fast breaking. If you look at the statistics, most motorcycle accidents involve young riders on crotch rockets, people who are speeding or impaired by alcohol, etc. Statistics show that when ridden properly, motorcycles are actually safer than cars (but obviously more dangerous to the rider in an actual accident) The risk is there. This article is not to debate the motorcycle’s SAFETY but it’s benefit to the environment as a whole.
How Fuel Efficient Are Motorcycles?
The Impact of Motorcycles on Roads
Eco Friendly Transportation Alternatives
Hybrid and Electric Motorcycles
Two-wheeled eco friendly transportation alternatives are going even greener! The hybrid/electric motorcycle is gaining popularity. Many can go up to 100 miles without recharging and manufacturers are trying to find a balance between ecofriendly and badass to appeal to the motorcycle enthusiasts.
So, when you are considering eco friendly transportation alternatives, maybe you should look into a 2 wheeled option as opposed to 4 wheels. You could reduct your carbon footprint and, at the same time, improve your emotional well-being with a ride on the open road!
You can read more about the environmental impact of motorcycles at Greenchoices.org