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When a bicycle transports as much as a car, including kids

Mom and kids on 4-wheeled bike
Source: stuffdutchpeoplelike
on Instagram
The excuse that you need a car because you can’t transport kids, backpacks and groceries on a bicycle? Well, the 4-wheeled bike this mom is riding blows that idea all to heck. Notice the leg space for the kids sitting in the back compartment – they’re completely comfortable back there.

“What happens when the kids get too big to ride back there?” you ask. Easy: they get to ride their own bikes alongside Mom!

Hat tip to Han Broekman for sharing.

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What is polluted urban air doing to exerciser’s bodies?

bike riding in smog
New York metro environmental specialist Dr. Ana I. Baptista muses, “This story and study on how much air pollution we take in while exerting ourselves raises interesting questions for EJ communities.”

From the WNYC article on air pollution and exercise:

Fine particles, many of which are made up of black carbon, are linked to a wide array of heart, respiratory and other health problems. Using statistical models, city health officials estimate fine particles cause more than 2,000 premature deaths and 6,000 emergency room visits and hospitalizations each year. Most of those are in vulnerable populations: the very young, the very old, and people with conditions such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, heart disease and hypertension.

But actually measuring fine particles, particularly at the level of specific streets, is tricky. Measuring how many of them get into the lungs is even trickier. And linking that exposure to health outcomes is trickier still.

If you’re interested in participating in the WNYC – Columbia U exercise study on this health issue, sign up here.

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Green Drinks in 3 No Jersey enviro justice cities in December. Come talk sustainability!

Thanksgiving 2013 Group Photo
GreenDrink logo with wordsGreen Drinks are not a type of drink – that’s just our name! Green Drinks meets monthly in three north Jersey cities – we hold informal gatherings bringing people together to chat over food about green and sustainable issues relevant to our lives and communities. Green Drinks meetings are open! Everyone is welcome and there is no admission fee. Pay for the food and drinks you order at the restaurants where we meet – each location serves good food at moderate prices.

Discussion themes this month

  1. Replacing New Jersey’s climate change denying congressman – Scott Garrett
  2. Collecting toys, clothing, coats and money for holiday gifts
  3. Alternative fuel vehicles for personal and municipal use
  4. Growing the Green Drinks community in 2014!

Green Drinks Newark 1st Mondays | 7-9pm
December: 02 Dec 2013
Agave Mexican Restaurant
118 Pacific St, Newark, NJ | 973-732-4168

Street parking

Green Drinks Hackensack 2nd Mondays | 7-9pm
December: 09 Dec 2013
Villa de Colombia
12 Mercer Street, Hackensack, NJ
Parking if restaurant lot is full:
Weekdays after 7 across street in jewelry business parking lot
Weekends in Salvation Army lot on the corner of Mercer & State Streets

Green Drinks Clifton-Paterson (this location has no fixed date or spot for now)
December: Tues, 17 Dec 2013 | 7-9pm
Sultan Restaurant
429 Crooks Avenue, Clifton NJ (on the Paterson border)
Safe street parking