The Sacramento Region May is Bike Month program encourages area residents to ride their bikes and log the miles on the Mayisbikemonth.com website, with the hope of reaching one million total cycling miles for the month of May. This year, for the first time, Sacramento region cyclists broke the million mile mark, logging a total of 1,200,386 miles! (Totals from the past three years were: 2007 – 926,638; 2006 – 627,593; and 2005 – 476,164).
This year’s miles break down as follows:
- Recreation: 675,798
- Commuting: 465,266
- Errands: 48,852
- Work Trips: 10,647
Commute and errand miles reduced global-warming CO2 by 475,881 pounds, and reduced other air pollution by 6,611 pounds. Gas consumption was reduced by 24,478 gallons, saving approximately $95,219.74. (Source: Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District)
Breaking the million mile mark was an amazing accomplishment for region cyclists. Now for next year, let’s shoot for a higher percentage of commute and errand miles.