Gayle Anderson was live in Lake Elsinore for today’s “Lose 5 with 5 segment”, which focuses on the health, economic and environmental benefits of biking in honor of National Bike to Work Week, which starts today through Friday, May 17th. Gayle also previews this weekend’s Boating Demo Days.
Gayle Anderson was live in Lake Elsinore for today’s “Lose 5 with 5 segment”, which focuses on the health, economic and environmental benefits of biking in honor of National Bike to Work Week, which starts today through Friday, May 17th. National Bike to Work Week is part of National Bike Month, a month long celebration sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists since 1956 that encourages Americans to bike to work or school. Try bike commuting this week in honor of National Bike to Work Week or just for a day during Bike to Work Day on Friday, May 17th!
More than two-thirds of the U.S. adult population is overweight or obese, costing our nation more than $68 billion in healthcare and personal costs annually. In addition, more than one in four kids are overweight. Biking provides the opportunity to lose weight and get fit since May is also National Physical Fitness and Sports Month!
Biking is a great way to squeeze regular exercise into a hectic schedule. A study of nearly 2,400 adults found that those who biked to work were fitter, leaner, less likely to be obese, and had better triglyceride levels, blood pressure, and insulin levels than those who didn’t actively commute to work. Because of the health benefits, cyclists on average take 15% fewer days off from work for illness than non-cyclists.
Besides health and fitness, biking reduces your carbon footprint. Cars are the single largest source of U.S. air pollution. Did you know that short trips are up to three times more polluting per mile than long trips? When bicycling is substituted for short auto trips, 3.6 pounds of pollutants per mile are not emitted into the atmosphere.
Biking also reduces traffic congestion and saves you money. Bicycle commuting saves on parking fees, parking tickets, fuel costs, auto maintenance costs and transit fares. According to analysis by the League of American Bicyclists, Americans saved more than $4.6 billion by bicycling instead of driving in 2012 alone. Bicyclists are also less likely to be affected by traffic congestion. Whether they ride on bike paths or roads, bicycles are much more maneuverable than automobiles. Wide lanes, shoulders and bike lanes provide space for bicyclists to ride right past traffic and on to work.
With increased interest in healthy, sustainable and economic transportation options, it is not surprising that the number of bicycle commuters in the United States grew by more than 47% from 2000 to 2011 according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. Biking builds morale, encourages camaraderie, and is a great way to get active in your community.
The League of American Bicyclists represents the interest of the nation’s 57 million cyclists. With a current membership of 300,000 affiliated cyclists, including 25,000 individuals and 700 affiliated organizations, the League works to bring better bicycling to your community. The League of American Bicyclists was founded in 1880 as the League of American Wheelmen, whose advocacy on behalf of early bicyclists led to our national highway system. For more information, visit www.bikeleague.org.
In honor of National Bike to Work Week and National Bike Month, Gayle was with Jenson USA, one of the largest Internet bicycle retail companies in the country, headquartered in Riverside, CA. Jenson’s sells bicycles, parts and accessories for bicycle enthusiasts on every budget. For more information: www.jensonusa.com.
After biking to work all week, you may want to unwind and check out the inaugural Boating Demo Days this weekend, May 18th and May 19th at the newly renovated La Laguna Resort and Boat Launch in Lake Elsinore. Just in time for the summer boating season, Boating Demo Days features over fifty brands of new and pre-owned boats on display, including family runabouts, pontoons, fishing boats, wakeboard/ski boats, deck boats, cruisers, PWCs and high performance sport boats on-land and in-water. Get the chance to demo 25 different boats, which will be available for test rides.
This family friendly event also features food, beverages and a beer garden onsite. No offsite alcoholic beverages allowed. Dogs on a leash are okay.
Boating Demo Days will be held Saturday, May 18th from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, May 19th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children (ages 6 to 10) and FREE for children under age 5. Onsite parking is $5 per vehicle.
Don’t forget to tune into KTLA every day in May for every newscast for tips on health and fitness. You too can “lose 5 with 5″!
National Bike to Work Week is May 13th through Friday, May 17th
National Bike to Work Day is Friday, May 17th
National Bike Month
The League of American Bicyclists
1612 K Street NW, Suite 800
Washington, D.C. 20006
1 (888) 880-3811
(951) 682-3844 FAX
Boating Demo Days
Saturday, May 18th, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. & Sunday, May 19th, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
La Laguna Resort & Boat Launch
32040 Riverside Drive
Lake Elsinore, CA 92530
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