|Bike riders around Lake Harriet|
Despite our vast distances in the US, a stunning 40% of our car trips of of distances less than 2 miles. Unfortunately these short trips contribute significantly greater amounts of pollution into the air, since the catalytic converters haven't had time to warm up.
Good news, the amount of biking in Minneapolis has increased by 33% since 2007. I'm encouraged to think that this trend may continue, thanks to the increased efforts to add trials and make the roadways more bicycle friendly. Should gas prices rise, this too might inspire some folks to saddle up for those short trips to the store, church or gym.