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A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men.

~Roald Dahl Zippy E-Bikes

Ditch the Car for a Fun and Easy Body-Friendly Ride

by Brita Belli D

riving a vehicle to work, the store and the gym on congested roads does more than try our patience—those daily petroleum- powered trips are polluting the planet. The Clean Air Council reports that each gallon of gas we use on the road results in 20 more pounds of carbon dioxide (CO2

emissions currently

) mucking up the atmosphere we breathe. In fact, all motor vehicles com- bined are responsible for 31 percent of the total CO2

are ergonomically designed with higher pedals and large, back-supporting seats that distribute a rider’s weight—allow- ing people of all shapes and sizes to lean back and pedal comfortably while maintaining safety and speed. These people-friendly cycles can be of typical bike length or longer, and some are trikes, with two back wheels. They also can be equipped with a pod-like cover for year-round riding.

contributing to global warming. Because most car trips are short— the National Household Travel Survey finds that half of all the trips we make are three miles or less, 72 percent of these in motor vehicles—they could be replaced with a more eco-friendly ride. With such a wide variety of snazzy new options available, from cargo bicycles to electric motorcycles, it’s never been easier to move on our best intentions.

RECUMBENT BICYCLES AND VELOMOBILES: Recumbent-style bicycles look unfamiliar because they

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The covered, aerodynamic, three- wheeled versions are known as velo- mobiles, or bicycle cars. Rod Miner, president of Lightfoot Cycles, which specializes in recumbent bikes, side-by- side four-wheel tandems, adult trikes with cargo and pet carriers, and velo- mobiles, says that almost every model can be given added oomph with an electric- or a small-engine assist. “For the cost of a gallon of gas,” Miner says, “one of our super-efficient, electrically assisted cycles can travel 1,200 miles.”

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