To help offset your carbon footprint while on vacation, consider incorporating your bike into your travels for a truly green vacation. Bicycles emit no carbon dioxide, and they are one of the easiest ways to do your part in reducing anthropogenic pollutants.
1. Wherever you go, don’t rent a car
Car rentals can be expensive, they can add an extra stress factor to your vacation, and if you are under 25 you may be out of luck completely. Instead, rent bikes. While the transportation “ease” factor may not be the same as a car, you will likely be able to see and explore more areas via bicycle. To make things more convenient, numerous cities have adopted bike sharing programs which allow you to simply find a sharing station, swipe your credit card, and go. Denver, Boulder, San Diego, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, and Charlotte are just a few of the many cities which have implemented bike sharing programs.
2. Choose Your Green Vacation wisely
Need some inspiration on where to go? Consider these three ideas:
San Juan Islands hoping. From Seattle, grab your bike and hop on the Victoria Clipper Ferry to Friday Harbor, San Juan Island. Once there, you can explore the scenic 35-mile loop which winds around the island, drink wine at the San Juan Vineyards, or see whales at Kiln Point State Park. And once you think you have seen it all, hop on a ferry to the nearby Lopez or Orcas Islands and see what they have to offer.
Ride the Rockies. The 7-day, 465-mile tour is one of the most unique ways to see Colorado, all while on bicycle. While some may not consider riding 465 miles a “vacation”, it is one the best ways to experience the breathtaking and dynamic landscapes of the Rocky Mountains without driving in a car. Ride the Rockies has made a commitment to be 100% carbon neutral—all carbon emissions from the production of the ride are offset by CO₂ Forestry®.
If you are really looking to go green, the event website shows your estimated carbon footprint for traveling to the event, based on your departure city, and then includes a link to purchase your own carbon credits to offset your travel.
Self-supported bike tour. The options are nearly limitless for self-supported bike tours—whether it be a few days in your home state, or months on end exploring foreign counties. Depending on the extent of your self-guided bike tour adventure, it may require careful planning and the right equipment. Cargo racks, panniers, or trailers are pretty much essential.