Founded by Hollywood Actor Matthew Modine in New York at 2008, Bicycle for a Day aims to help protect the environment, improve personal health, and have fun with friends and family.

The mission is to help empower individuals with tools which they can use in their everyday lives to make a measurable, tangible difference to our community, our environment and our personal health.

There are dozens of things each of us can do that have an immediate, positive impact on the environment. Bicycling is one. Here are some facts about bicycling:

– The average person loses 13 pounds their first year of commuting by bicycle. – 3 hours of cycling per week can reduce your risk of heart attack or stroke by 50%. – In 1964, 50% of kids rode to school and the obesity rate was 12%. In 2004, 3% rode to school and the obesity rate was 45%. – The United States could save 462 million gallons of gasoline per year by increasing cycling from 1% to 1.5% of all trips. – Each auto-commuter in the U.S. spends an average of 50 hours a year stuck in traffic. – In 2003, cars stalled in traffic wasted 5 billion gallons of fuel.

The first event held in New York City, more than 14,000 people visited the South Street Seaport and learned more about Bicycle for a Day (BFAD). Families came together, friendships were formed, and participants had a great time learning more about their city, their community, and what they can do to renew their commitment to a greener, cleaner earth.

Here is a short film directed by Daniel Leeb featuring Matthew Modine “The Perfect Circle”

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