The Cool Davis Challenge invites everyone to have fun and reduce his or her carbon footprint using bikes for transportation. On Oct. 10, 2010, Davis residents acted accordingly by pedaling to the Cool Davis Green Living Festival at the Veterans' Memorial Center. Judy Moores/Courtesy photo

Agriculture + Environment

Get moving with Cool Davis

By February 25, 2011

Do you find it hard to bike in cold and rainy weather? You’re not alone.

“I used to bike only when it was warm and sunny. But then I found a used winter parka, some gloves and waterproof pants. Now biking in the winter is comfortable and refreshing!” said Davis resident Juliette Beck. “I invite you to take the Low Impact Challenge and bike year-round, too.”

As Lynne Nittler of the Cool Davis Initiative explains, “The Low Impact Challenge is an invitation to all Davis citizens to reduce their carbon impact by taking a simple steps each day for a week to reduce their carbon emissions and ease into a sustainable, greener, more satisfying way of life.”

Today, we ask that you use your travel time to get healthier, save money and enjoy the scenery, too. Try one or more of the following:

* Have errands to do in town? Dress in layers and use a bike.

* Plan your day so you have time to take a walk or ride a bike just for fun.

* If you travel to work or school, use Unitrans, Yolobus or Amtrak.

Background: The single largest contributor to Davis carbon emissions is our driving. Yet fortunately, Davis is making strides to make biking, car-pooling and public transit viable alternatives. Some families have reduced the number of cars they use, too.

As Maria Tebbutt explains, “By using our bikes more, my family found out that we needed only one car. We got rid of our second car and spend less on transportation now.”

Walking, hiking and biking are all great ways to get in shape and stay healthy while minimizing your carbon footprint.For information on biking, check out http://www.davisbicycles.org, http://cityofdavis.org/bicycles/maps.cfm, http://www.davisbikeclub.org and http://www.davisbikecollective.org.

Try Bike Forth at Fourth and L streets for free bike repair help or attend an open shop workshop on Monday nights. If you need places to hike, see http://www.yolohiker.org. And check into public transportation, for new routes and scheduling.

Do you have a good idea to share with your neighbors? Add your comment to the Low Impact Challenge blog at http://www.cooldavis.org.


All are welcome at the celebratory Cool Davis Initiative potluck dinner at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the United Methodist Church of Davis, 1620 Anderson Road. Bring a veggie dish, salad or dessert to share. Dinner will be followed by discussions of the “No Impact Man” film, the Low Impact Challenge and additional programs to reduce your carbon footprint.

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