Monthly Archives: May 2009

Make Every Month Bike Month!

May is national bike month here in the good ole USA, and while May is coming to an end that doesn’t mean bike month has to be over on the 31st! To find some inspiration to make everyday a bicycling adventure check out these great pedal power promoting sites:

Common Circle Expeditions: a great organization that promotes sustainable living through educational bicycle tours.  These are vacations you can truly feel good about with field trips to green building and permaculture sites throughout the northwest and Hawaii. Bike. Learn. Experience. Spread the Change. :).

Ride the City: A fantastic website that is the Google maps for bikes. Put in your start and ending location and it will calculate the safest or most direct routes for you to travel via two wheels. This would be great for an iPhone app! This site is still in the works, but currently has listings for New York and coming soon for Chicago and Austin.

PedalBug: a  great tumblr blog dedicated to photo documentation of bicycle adventures. Check it out and be inspired to start your own adventures.

World Commute: “World Commute is a not-for-profit, free social-network website to encourage, promote and track the use of non-motorized transportation around the world”. This includes bikes! Use this website to track your pedal power usage and see the difference you are making in numbers.

BikeCommuters.com: Great information on bicycle commuting and another great way to connect with other bike commuters.

Bike Commuter Tips: Blog featuring great tips, tricks, and insight on bicycle commuting.

Austin’s Yellow Bike Project: great Austin based non-profit “dedicated to providing human-powered transportation for the people of Austin, running a community bike shop, and educating kids and adults”.  Check here to find a similar program in your town.  Don’t have a program like this in your city? Check out the link below and start your own!

International Bicycle Fund: Check out how to start a community bike program ranging from a community bike library to full decentralized on-demand bicycle rentals stations like this.

Critical Mass: Critical Mass is a montly ride dedicated to celebrating and promoting cycling, and to assert car drivers to cyclists right to the road. So find the local Critical Mass in your area and promote two wheel transportation while making new biking buddies. Power in pedaling numbers!

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Renew your home’s spirit with Green Spring Cleaning!

Spring, the season of renewal and rebirth, is in full gear!  Flowers are blooming, butterflies are emerging, and love is in the air! Nature is truly looking it’s best and beckoning us to come play.  However, the grime and dust that has built up since the winter months is staring us directly in the face at home. Dust bunnies of guilt!  To get out and truly enjoy the beautiful spring weather bring some renewal and rejuvenation to your home by conducting a green spring cleaning!  With a clean and organized home you can truly enjoy the season by starting fresh and green clean. By going green with your cleaning you can save money, improve your indoor air quality and thereby improve your health, and help to protect the environment:

The Green Cleaning Triumvirate: with these 3 natural cleaners all your household needs will be covered for a very low cost!

1) Baking Soda: an all around wonder cleaner and deodorizer that can be used for a multitude of home tasks from cleaning carpet to removing stains on almost anything! It can be used to clean in the kitchen, bathroom, and all around the house.  Plus, baking soda is super cheap and never spoils! So get yourself a box of this magic stuff. Check out some great uses for cleaning with baking soda here.

2) Borax: a natural mineral based cleaner that can be used in a variety of ways around the home. Borax can be used as an abrasive for cleaning surfaces and grout, boosting laundry cleaning, to deter bugs and pests in the home (including fleas!) , and more. Check out some uses for borax here.

3) Vinegar: White distilled vinegar can be used for numerous household tasks from cleaning chrome fixtures, to getting rid of pests, disinfecting, removing lime deposits, cleaning out coffeemakers, and more!  Check out all the great uses of vinegar here.

To continue your spring cleaning journey here are some great ideas to clean and de-clutter your home the green way!

1) Clean your pipes! After a long winter your home’s pipes may need a bit of a cleaning.  To de-clog drains and pipes and to give them their seasonal cleanse use this eco-friendly recipe: Pour 1 cup of baking soda down drain followed by 1 cup of hot vinegar.  Wait 5 minutes then pour 2 quarts of hot water down drain.  To declog your disposal use the same recipe but half the amounts.

2) Get rid of old and unwanted clothes by hosting a clothing swap with friends!  A clothing swap is a great way to hang with friends, get rid of that bag of clothes you have been meaning to donate, and get some hip “new” threads for yourself.  You will feel renewed with your new recycled look :).

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