Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Ozone, Baby


It's the time of year when the ozone warnings are pretty common

As a full-time bicycle commuter, do I need to worry about ozone alerts? When there are PM alerts (particulate matter), I have tried riding with N95 masks, but just didn't find it comfortable, and they don't do anything to protect against ozone. The good news is, looking at the Airnow web site, the ozone levels in Phoenix rise above the good to medium range only rarely. Also, due to the typical ozone generation patterns and prevailing winds, I usually avoid the worst of it due to the timing of my commutes. If the animation map is at all accurate, that is.

Anyway, the thought of not getting out in the sunshine and going for a ride is unappealing to me. Sure, I could go with plan B, I guess, and take a car, which I would have to buy or otherwise obtain first since we're still a one car family, but it's possible I suppose, and crank up the air conditioner, turn up the stereo, hide behind the tinted windows, take conference calls on my built-in Bluetooth speaker phone. Heck I could be in meetings from 7am to 8pm every day that way, sit in traffic idling and generating my own contributions to the ozone alert, and avoid the sunshine altogether. Or, not. Maybe bicycle commuting is better.

I'm commuting by bike, and doing my part to lower the ozone levels

7 comments:

  1. I hope they're wearing sunscreen...

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    1. They are certainly doing their part to decrease ozone, which is much appreciated.

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  2. Thank you for so selflessly saving our air, even though you get nothing out of it personally.

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    1. Apertome, I like to think of it as the selfless ride against ozone.

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  3. Why doesn't something like this happen on MY bike rides? (I live in Tucson, by the way...)

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  4. I'm sure it does Pimadude, it's probably a right place, right time event.

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