Sunday, Dec 21, 2014

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Cycling makes sense

According to recent studies, the average household spews out 50 tons of carbon into the atmosphere in any given year.

This figure goes up exponentially with big families. Because of this, the sun's heat is retained in our atmosphere and cannot escape. This is not natural because the earth's temperature has steadily risen in the 100-plus years humans have been burning fossil fuels.

Scientists have drilled deep into the ice poles of the earth to record the only other high levels of atmospheric carbon was during volcanic activity in the earth's evolution. Our so-called "crazy weather" is absolutely human caused in the opinions of the vast majority of earth's scientists.

Carbon comes from the overuse of cars and electricity generated from coal-fired power plants. Obviously, our planet was not designed to handle the onslaught of over seven billion people. Even in a smaller town like Sebring, try standing alongside U.S. 27 during the day and watch how many cars go by, and then wonder if they all really need to be on the road or could other means of transportation be used? Maybe buses or rental bicycles come to mind for example.

In the early '80s, my left inner ear was removed because of Meniere's disease. My surgeon told me to ride the bicycle daily to keep what was left of my balance in check.

I'm now 63 years old with other physical problems not related to exercise and still use the bicycle as daily transportation to work and errands. If I can do this, surely you younger people out there can do the same. And yes, I ride in the rain - after all, it's only water. I ride in winter weather, too.

As I've said in earlier letters, the bike keeps the pounds off and the machine pays for itself in no time with daily use. The maintenance is virtually zero. The only negative is watching out for inattentive drivers.

Jerry Nargelovic

Sebring

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