7 easy ways to green your commute

Reduce the carbon footprint of your daily travel

Use pedal power

Dust off your helmet and dig out those bike shorts! June is Bike to Work Month across Greater Toronto and Hamilton—the perfect time to start or renew a commitment to cycling. Not only is it a carbon-free method of transportation, but it’s cheap (maintaining a bike costs around $200 annually), it’s quick (the average person can bike 3.5 kilometres in just 15 minutes) and it’s great exercise. Plan your route ahead of time, using bike lanes and paths for added safety. (Torontonians can download a cycling map, and cyclists in major Canadian or U.S. cities can plan their route on Ride the City.) Check out BIXI, the bike share program, in Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto and other locations, and pick up a copy of Momentum Magazine for pedal inspiration.