4 Awesome Ecotourism Ideas You Can Enjoy In The United States – Green Vacations That Are Fun & Sustainable

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It seems like we’re all going green nowadays – even where we’re going has gone green!Ecotourism has become one of the newest ways we show our love to the planet while we’re on vacation.What exactly is ecotourism? According to The International Ecotourism Society (TIES), ecotourism is described as “responsible travel to natural areas which conserve the environment and sustains the well-being of local people.” … [Read more...]

Live Green, Bike More! 3 Tips for Enjoying Your Next Bike Ride

Bike rides don't have to be just exercise, they can be fun too.

Bicycling is actually really hard not to enjoy. And it comes with a ton of benefits -- which is why it’s one of the most popular recreational activities in the U.S. (and why some folks bike into their 100s).But a lot of people still have trouble believing they can bicycle for transportation purposes, or have fears about doing so.The percentage of utilitarian bikers is clearly growing across the U.S. though.Perhaps you’re thinking about joining the green transport trend?If so, or … [Read more...]

Yike Bike: What Do You Think About This Bicycle Alternative?

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What is a Yike Bike?It’s a pretty interesting bike-like vehicle (actually, like a miniature version of an old Penny-farthing bicycle) that is not human-powered but battery-powered.Cycling is a great way to get around with almost no impact on the environment, but with a positive impact on your health. But does the Yike Bike detract from both of those often-touted points?Check out the videos below for a lot more on how the Yike Bike works.  … [Read more...]

The Man Who Cycled The Americas = Awesome

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Mark Beaumont -- heard of him? I’m sorry to say that I hadn’t until recently (I think).Mark became the “fastest man to cycle around the world” in 2008. He did so in 194 days and 17 hours. BBC commissioned a film of this record-breaking journey and news agencies around the world picked up the story (I wasn’t quite the news addict then, so apparently missed it).Anyway, that was 2008. Since that time, he has also taken a 9-month bicycling trip down North and South America, traveling down … [Read more...]

Get Your Crafty Cruise On With A Folding Swiss Army Knife Bike

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Ever wish you had a bike that was sort of like a Swiss army knife?Well, some Swiss designers have developed a nifty, folding electric bike that seems to fit the bill.The Voltitude, as it is called, made its debut at the Geneva Motor Show this year and is supposed to be on the market worldwide sometime in 2011.Check out how easy it is to fold and unfold the bike in the video below.   … [Read more...]

103-Year-Old Cyclist May Be World’s Oldest

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We support cycling a lot around here, since it’s both one of the greenest things you can do (in place of driving) and it’s a lot of fun.But while we’ve written posts on 5 reasons to bike commute, 5 hidden benefits of bike commuting, various bike events, and some super cool bikes, sometimes we skim over that fun part.I guess it’s sort of implied. But the story I’m about to tell you a little about brought that key benefit to the forefront of my mind recently. … [Read more...]

Epic Pedal-Powered Snow Plow is Zero Energy and Back Friendly

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The snow has cleared now.But if you're living in a place that’s still getting snow -- or still has it on the ground -- and you need some bike paths or sidewalks or even parts of the roadway plowed (or if you think you might run into a problem with snow next year and want to be prepared early), I just recently discovered a cool DIY pedal-powered snow plow you might be interested in. Check out this video to see it in action:Basically, as you can see, the seat and wheels of an … [Read more...]

5 Ways To Green Your Daytime Routine

I started a little series on ways to green your daily routine before the holidays started. And then I got caught up with holiday-related posts for a long time. Now that things have calmed down again, though, I’m coming back to this.The first piece was on how to green your morning routine. So, naturally, this one is on how to green your daytime routine. … [Read more...]

7 Fun & Green New Year’s Resolutions

A new year is so refreshing.It's like hitting the reset button and feeling like you have a fresh start again.If you've been trying (or maybe even failing) to live green, the new year gives you a good opportunity to find some new and fun ways to live greener.Here are a few such ideas... … [Read more...]

The Bond Bike: Cycling for Badasses

Now, here’s a cool one.Who doesn’t want to be like James Bond?One way you can be a little more like this super agent someday (if you have the right connections) is with a “Bond bike.”This is not actually a new bike but a kit to use on your existing bike that will give it the cool ability to easily ride on snow, shoot flames out of your handlebars, and more.  … [Read more...]