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For most pet parents living in an urban or suburban setting this normally goes without saying. However, every now and then you’ll have a pet parent who doesn’t fully undersand the consequences of letting their dog run around the neighborhood. Not only is it in the best interest for you as a pet parent to keep your dog on a leash to remain friendly with your neighbors, it is also in the best interest for your pet’s general well-being.For most pet parents living in an urban or suburban setting this normally goes without... more
For every kilometer traveled by bike instead of by car, Copenhagen saves 7.8 cents in avoided air pollution, accidents, congestion, noise and wear and tear on infrastructure.
Whenever I mention to Americans that I have worked in Copenhagen, I’m invariably asked (after an alarmingly large number confuse the Danes with the Dutch) about the bikes. For good reason.
Yes, the Danes love their bikes, as I came to love mine – even when peddling to work on dark, frigid, wet January mornings. Statistics only hint at the scale of the phenomenon (in 2010, 35% of all trips to work or school in Copenhagen were made by bike; for Copenhagen residents, the figure is 50%).
More persuasive than the data is experiencing yourself the exhilaration (and brief panic) that comes with merging into the peloton hurtling south along Nørrebrogade, Copenhagen’s busiest bike corridor, toward the city center during the morning commute.
I like to think of the ubiquitous bikes, however beneficial, as a symbol of much else that is right in Copenhagen on the sustainability front. A new report from *Green Growth Leaders, a Copenhagen-based global alliance of cities, regions, countries and corporations, collects data and case studies on the overlooked, but in no way marginal, benefits of Copenhagen’s environmental protection efforts.
Copenhagen – Beyond Green (PDF) illustrates the economic and social benefits that come with busy bike lanes, a swimmable harbor, and smart, integrated transit. Here’s the crux of the authors’ argument, from the foreword:
“Investing in cycling lanes not only cuts CO2 emissions and improves citizens’ health and quality of life, but improves the bottom line of the city. Cleaning the water in the harbor not only improves the environment, but increases real estate values, local business life and tourism. Investing in an integrated public transport system not only reduces traffic congestion, but saves billions of dollars and keeps the city efficient and competitive. Homegrown energy not only produces electricity, but allows local businesses to become strong and competitive.
The environmental benefits of convincing commuters to choose bikes over cars – avoided carbon emissions and localized air pollutants such as soot – are obvious. The City of Copenhagen took the analysis one step further by comparing the money saved in the shift from cars to bikes.
Researchers found that for every kilometer traveled by bike instead of by car taxpayers saved 7.8 cents (DKK 0.45) in avoided air pollution, accidents, congestion, noise and wear and tear on infrastructure. Cyclists in Copenhagen cover an estimated 1.2 million kilometers each day – saving the city a little over $34 million each year.
With so many residents commuting by bike, Copenhagen reaps additional benefits. The report authors cite one study which found that cycling for a half-hour daily increases mean life expectancy by 1-2 years. Not only can motorists who switch to a bicycle expect to live longer, they’ll be saving themselves (and other taxpayers) money.
The City of Copenhagen found:
“The health benefits of cycling also include fewer sick days, fewer medical expenses and treatments. Tallied up, the total health benefit of Copenhageners cycling is 5.5 DKK per kilometer – making the benefit per year a total of DKK 2 billon or $380 million.
Let’s take the analysis beyond the familiar bikes. Fifteen years ago, nearly 100 overflow channels carried wastewater into Copenhagen harbor after heavy rains. The water posed a serious health risk, and made the harbor not fit for swimming. The City of Copenhagen invested in infrastructure – rainwater reservoirs and conduits – that store wastewater until the sewage system is able to process the overflow. Seven years later, in 2002, the city had opened a public swimming facility in the harbor and closed 55 overflow channels.
In 1995, the water in Copenhagen harbor posed a serious health risk. Just seven years later, the city opened a public swimming facility in the harbor. Credit: Justin Gerdes
The Copenhagen harbor front today is some of the most sought after real estate in the city. The number of cafes, bars, and restaurants in the harbor area has increased 300% since the public bath opened.
Residents are increasingly choosing to buy homes near the harbor:
“From 2002 to 2011 the prices of apartments close to the harbor increased by 57 percent while apartments in the same area of town but further from the harbor only increased by 12 percent. In addition, the study shows that the price per square meter next to the harbor is 42 percent higher than real estate in the same part of town but not next to the harbor.
For those who can’t bike to work (or who might want to avoid peddling through the worst of the winter slush and chill), Copenhagen is served by an integrated transportation network: a driverless, punctual Metro (with one of the best airport connections in the world), regional trains, and buses.
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Ergonomic and Safe use of mobile or smart phones devices for recreation or work can bring you great benefits if you adopt healthy Smartphone / Cell Phone and Texting habits by using them as while Driving, Traveling or on the Move. Awareness of local laws, correct posture, regular breaks and a proper adjustment of equipment can help prevent or relive occupational work stresses or disorders such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Back / Neck Pain or vision care when using Smartphones.
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PLEASE USE HANDS FREE DEVICES FOR CELL / SMART PHONES WHILE DRIVING
NEVER TEXT WHILE DRIVING!
Mobile or Smart Phone Use while Driving, Traveling or on the Move:
Adult or Child Laptop Use at Home, Work or Classroom:
Laptop Use while Traveling on Planes, Trains and in Hotels:
Follow these basic Smartphone safety tips to improve your experience:
√ To help prevent accidents:
• Do not use the phone at the wheel without handsfree, and use this only
• Turn off the phone or silence these when you are driving.
• When walking pay attention to your surroundings.
√ To relieve muscle tension in the neck:
• Avoid holding the phone between the face and shoulder.
• Use a headset microphone and auxiliary to avoid awkward postures.
• Put the phone up to your chest to get the neck in line with
√ To relieve muscle tension of the fingers:
• Alternate between thumbs and other fingers to type.
• Keep wrists straight and relaxed to hold and use the device.
√ To relieve stress at the hearing:
• Adjust the brightness and size of fonts.
√ Take breaks between 2 and 3 minutes every 15 minutes and enjoy your
free time silencing your mobile device.
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• Modifications to Existing Furniture
• Attention to Ergonomics
• Frequent Movement
• Frequent Breaks
• Varied Seating
• Body Posture
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