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Strap on a helmet and save the environment

Posted By Julia Lytle On September 30, 2009 @ 3:47 am In Features | Comments Disabled

As concerns of global warming are appearing more and more in the media, and as issues in the middle east have caused prices to fluctuate, many worried citizens have started to use a more environmentally-friendly means of transportation: their bicycles.

Although it seems inconvenient to travel to school or work on a bike, many people are beginning to make the sacrifice in order to make their contribution to halt global warming. This phenomenon has now spread to Newton, and many people are seen riding their bikes to and from various destinations.

With this trend increasing, however, there are raised concerns about the lack of bicycle-friendly streets and bicycling paths. Taking these poor conditions into consideration, many people in Newton, as well as across the Greater Boston area, are attempting to make improvements.

The Massachusetts Bicycling Coalition, which has supported the creation of such existing bike trails as the one weaving through Boston’s Forest Hills Cemetery or the Arnold Arboretum, as well as the Minuteman Commuter Bikeway, is now proposing new bike paths along the Charlestown Waterfront or along Alewife Brook, leading through Alewife Reservation.

In addition to its contribution to “going green, biking is a fun activity that many people have forgotten about since cars have become more common as a means of transportation and video games and television more prevalent forms of entertainment.

With the addition of more bike paths, like the one present along the Charles River and Soldiers Field Road, more people and families will be encouraged to bike to work and school, or use biking as a more healthy, environmentally-friendly activity.

Newton South principal Joel Stembridge is just one of the numerous faculty members who often choose to leave their cars at home and bike to school. English teachers Robert Jampol and Jeremiah Hill, as well as History teacher Brian Murray grab their helmets and head to South by bike when weather and time permits.
Many students in high school look forward to the day when they will have their licenses and cars, giving them the freedom to drive themselves to and from school, as well as to leave during the day for free blocks. However, it is important that people remember the effects of all this driving, as well as the benefits to sometimes putting the keys down and riding a bike.

With the attempt of the city to make bike paths more present and more accessible, Newton South students, as part of a school that has the ability to make a difference, should try to make a change for the better of themselves and the environment.

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