"Crank Up Your Brain"

By KBJR News 1

May 5, 2011 Updated May 5, 2011 at 9:42 AM CDT

We all know getting on a bicycle is a great exercise.

But UMD is taking it a step farther by encouraging students to use bicycles as their main modes of transportation.
Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson explains in this weeks "Your Green Life"

If you're biking around for enjoyment its great for your health. If you're biking to get from point A to point B it's a great way to save on gas.
Both are missions of the University of Minnesota Duluth's Cycling Club.

"We definitely work hand in hand with the Sustainability club encourage people to bike to school", said Tyler Johnson, President UMD Bike Club.

Last week at UMD's Kirby Center students took time to talk to other students about the green benefits of pedaling to school.

"What we are doing is trying to get people outside to do laps with their bikes, make themselves a bike powered smoothie, and to explore how they can come to school where it is healthy for the environment and healthy for themselves", said Brittany Meyer-Madges, with MPIRG and UMD.

Students, Staff and even Duluth Mayor Don Ness joined in on laps around campus to see how bike friendly the campus is. Students also learned how to get more out of their pedaling by using that energy to make a fresh fruit smoothie.

Students also got a demonstration on how to use the DTA's bike carrier...a service that's been getting a lot more use recently. DTA officials report Bike & Bus Rider–ship has increased from about 9–thousand in 2000, to more than 22–thousand in 2010.
In Duluth, I'm Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson, The Northlands Newscenter.

The UMD Cycling Club also encourages students to try riding around town to help reduce their carbon footprint.