Green tip of the week: Pedal power

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The following is part of a regular series of tips dedicated to sustainability. This week’s tip deals with transportation. 

Autumn in Toronto offers some of the best weather for cycling, and York University has some great cycling amenities to make a two-wheeled commute better than ever:

  • Bike Lanes and off-street paths – There are kilometres of bike lanes and off-street pathways on or adjacent to both the Keele and Glendon campuses at York. Check out the new cycling maps for Keele and Glendon for on-campus paths, and the City of Toronto cycling map for more information on off campus routes.
  • Bike racks and secure lockers – Both the Keele and Glendon campus have a number of bike racks and secure lockers. Refer to the cycling maps for more details.
  • Showers – Shower facilities for cyclists are available at the Tait McKenzie Centre and staff can purchase a four-month ‘shower only’ membership at the facility for only $30.
  • Bike racks on TTC buses – If you don’t want to ride the whole way, find a TTC stop and rack your bike onto the rocket. The TTC plans to have all buses equipped with bike racks by the end of 2012.
  • Bike-friendly events – Smart Commute – North Toronto, Vaughan is hosting a “Bike All Through Fall” event next Thursday, Sept. 20 from 10 to 3 by the fountain across from Vari Hall. Stop by to get a FREE bike safety check, cycling maps, refreshments and swag. Visit the Smart Commute North Toronto Vaughan website for more information.
  • Bicycle User Group – The Smart Commute – York University Bicycle User Group (BUG) is comprised of over 500 students, alumni, staff and faculty members who connect and educate on cycling at York, organize and promote events and support the improvement of cycling infrastructure on and around campus.

For more information on cycling at York University, visit the Transportation Services page or stop by the Smart Commute office in York Lanes.

But if you prefer four wheels over two, there are still a number of things that you can do to green your commute:

  • Carpool with friends or colleagues.
  • Drive a fuel-efficient vehicle.
  • Ensure that your tires are properly inflated, which can improve fuel efficiency by up to 10 per cent.
  • Keep your car’s engine tuned up.
  • Avoid unnecessary idling.
  • Remove heavy items from your trunk.
  • Be an eco-driver.

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