Bike Party

Download the Video Teaching Guide PDF/Word

MAIN TOPIC OF VIDEO: Benefits of biking and bike parties

Play image

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

Frame:

  1. What are some benefits of riding bikes?
  2. How is bike riding better for the environment than driving cars?
  3. What does riding bikes have to do with your carbon footprint?

Focus:

  1. In the video, the song states that the bike party participants are on a mission for zero emission. What do these bike parties have to do with zero emission?
  2. In the video, the song states that bikes save gas and is built to last. Is this true?
  3. In the video, the song states that bikes are on the rise. Is there evidence to support this?

Follow-Up:

  1. What can you and your family do to reduce your carbon footprint?
  2. What can your community do to promote reducing everyone’s carbon footprint?

 

ANSWERS TO DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

Frame:

  1. What are some benefits of riding bikes?
    • Riding bikes have numerous health benefits (i.e., helps with cardiovascular health, increases muscles/strength, burns calories, etc.) Riding bikes also helps the environment tremendously and is a much better transportation method than cars. Bikes are also more economical than driving cars.
  2. How is bike riding better for the environment than driving cars?
    • Cars are responsible for releasing a lot of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere as they burn the fuel in which they run on. Carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, is the main contributor to climate change and warming of the atmosphere. Bikes, on the other hand, are operated by humans without burning of fuel and do not release greenhouse gases. In addition, cars also release nitrogen oxide (responsible for ozone depletion and acid rain) and carbon monoxide (a toxic gas dangerous to human health).
  3. What does riding bikes have to do with your carbon footprint?
    • Your carbon footprint is measured by the amount of carbon emitted by all of your daily activities added together. Since bike riding does not release significant amount of carbon dioxide, your carbon footprint is much smaller by riding a bike versus driving a car.

Focus:

  1. In the video, the song states that the bike party participants are on a mission for zero emission. What do these bike parties have to do with zero emission?
    • Emissions are waste products from any sort of process or energy source that pollutes the environment or contributes to climate change. There are no emissions associated with the operation of bikes, and therefore, the bikers are on a “zero emission mission”!
  2.  In the video, the song states that bikes save gas and is built to last. Is this true?
    • Bikes do not require gas to operate. So yes, you’re saving gas when riding a bike as opposed to driving a car. Maintenance is required to upkeep a bike just like you would cars. However, bike maintenance costs less over time due to the smaller frame and fewer parts required to keep it functioning.
  3. In the video, the song states that bikes are on the rise. Is there evidence to support this?
    • The Census Bureau estimates that the number of Americans biking to work has increased by 61% from 2000 to 2012. In addition, there are more and more biking events popping up around the country promoting people to bike and be more active, such as Bike Parties and Ciclovías.

Follow-up:

  1. What can you and your family do to reduce your carbon footprint?
    • We can ride our bikes to school and work, as a form of exercise, and even on weekends as a form of recreation or as a means of transportation to various destinations.
  2. What can your community do to promote reducing everyone’s carbon footprint?
    • We can start our own bike party and organize a cycling event to get the community together and learn about the benefits of riding bikes as well as promote less driving/less emissions that pollute the air/warm the atmosphere.

 

ADDITIONAL TOPICS AND LEARNING EXPERIENCES

It is believed that riding bikes is not just environmental friendly, but also more cost effective compared to driving cars. Use the following calculator to figure out just how much you would be saving by riding a bike as opposed to operating a motor vehicle: https://bicycleuniverse.info/

 

ADDITIONAL NOTES AND RESOURCES

Have students plan their own bike party by modeling after the San Jose Bike Party or the CicLAvía.

Have students research bike safety issues associated with riding bikes so that riders can remain safe when sharing the road with motorists.

 

 

Credit: This teacher resource has been adapted from content originally developed by Hannah Sun.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Copyright ©2015 Green Ninja. All Rights Reserved.
SiteLock