It's no surprise that cars produce more harmful emissions than bicycles--the average car produces six tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere a year! Bicycle production, and the fuel required by bikers do produce some emissions of greenhouse gasses, but they amount to less than 10 times the emissions produced by cars according to this article from BikePortland.org: "Even with the CO2 emissions of food required to power a bicycle, the ECF study found that — while not emissions free — the bicycle is still the lowest emitter of greenhouse gasses per passenger kilometer traveled. One of the key findings was that emissions from cycling are over 10 times lower than those stemming from the passenger car, “even taking into account the additional dietary intake of a cyclist compared with that of a motorised transport user.” By choosing bikes as an environmentally friendly delivery service in Buffalo, you are making the right choice for the environment.
The objections against bikes are mostly supported by pseudoscience and very flawed reasoning. In this Slate article, Brian Palmer writes: "There's been a lot of hemming and hawing about how biking or walking might not be so eco-friendly because your body burns more calories during those activities than while driving. But, frankly, that's bunk: As the Pacific Institute has shown, you'd have to be eating an all-beef diet to offset the environmental benefits of walking or bicycling." Here at Bufvelo, we happen to be vegetarian, and we'd be surprised to hear of any human being eating solely beef to sustain themself or their biking...so it's safe to say we agree that these objections are "bunk!"
When businesses choose cars or trucks for delivery, they are becoming part of the problem. With the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference that took place in Paris last fall, the world has its eyes on efforts to avoid harming our planet. Choosing to replace automobile delivery with bike delivery is one of many ways you can make your business greener and more environmentally friendly, and make sure you have a positive impact on the world. For more information about the way increasing bike use and bike infrastructure can makes cities better places to live, download our free eBook on this topic: