Bicycling In The New Year

Bicycling In The New Year

New Year’s is right around the corner, and many people are thinking about their resolutions.

Frederick, Md.- Kelly Russell, Alderwoman of The City of Frederick, is committed to practicing what she preaches.

"Because I had gotten involved with the Advocacy of Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee, I wanted to practice what I preached, and sort of really put myself in the shoes of somebody that was using a bicycle as their primary method of transportation," Russell said.

In 2012, Russell decided to bike at least 180 eighty days out of the year. In 2013, she took it a step further.

"This year, I decided to take it to the next level and go car-free or car-light."

On December 20th of this year, Russell hit her goal. She managed to make it through 2013 without using her car for at least 180 days.

And with impending environmental issues, Wheel Base, a bike shop in Frederick, has noticed a rise in individuals like Russell who are ready to make the same kind of commitment.

"I think one of the best ways to reduce your carbon footprint is to get on a bicycle,” said Dave Diehl, an employee at Wheel Base. “It is an efficient form of transportation, but it also gives you the benefit of improving your health.”

Retailers are working to inspire people as well. Superpedestrian, a retailer out of Boston, is planning on making a new bicycle invention available to the public in 2014.

"I saw the YouTube on it and I was just thinking how great is that,” Russell started, “you could take any bicycle and turn it into a power assisted bicycle and it's self sustaining."

"The Copenhagen bike wheel is a kind of a motor that's actually built into the wheel of the bicycle that helps the bike go faster with less effort," said Diehl.

And both retailers and environmentalists alike hope that the less effort you need to exert, the easier it is to stick to your New Year's resolution.

Kelly says she plans on continuing to use her car less this coming year, and is in the process of figuring out how to take her New Year's resolution to the next level for 2014.

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