Sent in by Erin in Sacramento,
Rosie the Yorkie wants to show off her yelp hankie!

Ride your bike

Part of the reason why I started this project is to get people to start THINKING before they use. Carrying a handkerchief every day is a constant reminder to do better. I know it worked for me. Personally I was on auto pilot for so many years that it was scary how hard it was to stop using paper towels! It takes time to break cycles that we are used to in life. First it was weird not using paper towels or tissues, then it was irritating, then before I knew it I was thinking of other ways I could reduce my impact on this earth. One of those other ways is riding my bike more.

I found a few facts to share on the Solar Energy International website about automobiles - click here for the full list.

Americans use a billion gallons of motor oil a year, 350 million gallons of which end up polluting the environment.

The United States consumes about 17 million barrels of oil per day, of which nearly two-thirds is used for transportation.

With information like this I know I HAVE to change the way I live by driving less and using less in general. So from my previous post you know that last weekend I rode my bike to the Green Festival.

After the event when I removed the pink tag from the bike parking lot there was five dollars off the normal 35 dollar fee for a one year free membership to the San Francisco Bike Coalition! Pretty cool. Plus they watched my bike the whole time I was at the event.

Membership has its benefits, including:
The Urban Bicyclists' Survival Kit complete with: The San Francisco Cyclist/Pedestrian street grade map, transit guides, safety advice, reflectors, cool stickers and more

Discounts at more than 45 local bike shops & merchants, and even 10% off at Rainbow Grocery when you ride your bike there!

One year subscription to the Tube Times delivered to your home or electronically

Free bike trailer rentals

Free admission to our popular Cultural History Bike Tours and invites to attend their fabulous parties

And best of all, by joining the SFBC you'll strengthen the powerful voice of SFBC for safer, saner streets for bicyclists and pedestrians.
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Im Still waiting to hear back about my membership and will let you know all about it. I urge you to use your handkerchief all the time but also find other ways to be easier on our planet. If you need suggestions let me know and I will send some your way.

Goodnight and Goodluck

Green Festival San Francisco 2008

I went to the Green Festival last weekend in San Francisco. Bay Area Bicycle Coalition hosted a valet parking for our bikes at the event. I found out that if I did ride my bike I would get 5 dollars off admission! After three hours and more than a hundred booths I did not see one handkerchief product available?! Almost everything at the Green Festival was about green consuming and not reducing consumption or use. I would have liked to see more information available and less products for sale. I saw everything from green caskets to green chocolate. The last thing I wanted to do was buy anything from the Green Festival. Nonetheless I had a great time and was able to talk to a few people about using handkerchiefs instead of paper towels and tissues!