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May is National Bike Month

Did you know that May is National Bike Month? Since 1956, May has been recognized as National Bike Month. The THIRD week in May is specifically “BIKE TO WORK WEEK” and the 3rd Friday (May 15th) is “BIKE TO WORK DAY.”

National Bike to Work Week 2015 will be held on May 11-15.

Bike MonthWill you participate?

Why not:

  • It’s Fun
  • It’s a Workout
  • It’s Cost-effective
  • It’s Green

More than half of the U.S. population lives within 5 miles of their workplace, making biking to work a feasible commuting option. Studies show that once somebody participates in a BIKE TO WORK event, they are more likely to become a regular bike commuter. Since 2000, bike commuting has grown by 62%.

Let’s get those tires pumped up and get riding!

To organize an event for Bike Month or find one in your area – go to www.bikeleague.org it provides some great information.

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Earth Day 2015: The Canopy Project

Today is Earth Day 2015!

The Canopy Project developed by Earth Day Network plants trees that assist communities in sustaining themselves and supporting local economies. Trees are critical in the community, as they reverse the impact of erosion ancanopyiid can also provide food, energy and income. In addition, trees filter air and help to minimize climate change.

Over the past three years, The Canopy Project has planted over 1.5 billion trees in 18 countries. In the United States alone, these have helped to restore urban canopies in New York, San Francisco, LA, St. Louis, Atlanta, Baltimore, Cleveland, Flint and Chicago. These tree plantings are supported by sponsors and individual donations. Adopt-A-Highway Litter Removal Service of America is proud to be a sponsor and supporter of this program. We continue to make contributions in the names of each of our new sponsors to The Canopy Project.

SO….when you sign up to Sponsor-A-Highway, you are helping the earth in two ways – litter removal and trees planted to sustain our planet. We call that a WIN/WIN!

Happy earth Day 2015 to all! Make a difference this year!

To learn more click on these links The Canopy Project and Earth Day Network.

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Distracted Driving Awareness Month

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Distracted Driving Could Cost You

April is Distracted Driving Awareness month. Based on reports by the NHTSA, over 3,100 people were killed and more than 420,000 were injured in distracted driving related crashes in 2013. We all know that number just keeps getting higher as more and more distractions are available to drivers.

Keep in mind that distracted driving is not limited to talking and texting on cell phones, though that is the largest culprit. Anything that distracts a driver from the road – eating, grooming, talking to passengers, navigation systems, changing the radio station – can be considered dangerous and distracting. Driving is a skill; it takes a person’s visual, manual and cognitive attention. Anything that takes a driver’s eyes, hands or mind away from the task of driving can slow reaction time, cause drivers to fail to identify hazards in the roadway or cause a driver to miss a stop sign or signal. The most disturbing thing is that largest group of people texting while driving are young, inexperienced drivers.

We all agree that distracted driving is dangerous, it is a no brainer. However, there is a very real disconnect between this knowledge and driver’s actual behavior. AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety’s 2014 Traffic Safety Culture Index found more than a 25% of drivers admitted to typing or sending a text or email, even though almost 80% agreed that doing so is a very serious threat to safety, and 84% affirmed it is completely unacceptable under any circumstances.

Some tips to break this hazardous habit and potentially save lives:

  1. Use an app that let’s people know you are behind the wheel – AT&T, Verizon & Sprint all have versions
  2. Turn off electronic devices and put them out of reach before starting the car
  3. Speak up when you are a passenger and your driver starts to text – offer to make the call or send a text for them
  4. Pull off the road and park the car if you MUST make a call or text
  5. Talk to your kids about distracted driving, show them video and create consequences if they text and drive

Be safe out there!

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Earth Day 2015!

What are you going to do to change the planet?

April 22nd is Earth Day 2015 and more than one billion people worldwide will take some action to protect this planet and the environment. The act can be as simple as planting a single tree or picking up one piece of litter. Each act and each person, young or old, can make a difference. That is what this grassroots environmental movement is all about. Earth Day was created by Gaylord Nelson, a Senator from Wisconsin, in 1970, to increase awareness of environmental problems. From its humble beginnings and simple concept, Earth Day is credited with the creation of the EPA and The Clean Air and Endangered Species Acts. Over the past 45 years, Earth Day has grown to the largest annual environmental event worldwide. Here are some simple ways to celebrate Earth Day:

  • Walk or bike the kids to or home from schoolEarthDay2015
  • Plant something, preferable something edible
  • Begin a recycling at home or at work
  • Turn off the lights
  • Donate, reuse, up-cycle items that you are not using
  • Feed the birds
  • Visit Earth Day Network for more ideas www.earthday.org

Or better yet, contact Adopt-A-Highway Litter Removal Service of America, Inc. at info@adoptahighway.net for a special Earth Day discount today!

The need for a clean environment continues and we hope you will be a part of it, we certainly will continue to clean the highways and recycle wherever we can!

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Happy Easter to our Peeps (Sponsors)

peepsAt Adopt-A-Highway Litter Removal Service of America, we wish you the happiest or Easter! Enjoy your treats, our Peeps!

In 1953, it took 27 hours to make a single Peep Marshmallow. Today, at the Peeps factory in Bethlehem, PA, it takes just 6 minutes per Peep. In fact, more than 5.5 million chicks are hatched per day. Yellow chicks are the ORIGINAL. Yellow Peeps (chicks and bunnies) are the most popular, followed by pink, lavender, blue, then white.

For the past 20 years, no other non-chocolate Easter candy has been able to compete with Peeps. During Easter, Peeps even outsell jelly beans.

Americans will eat more than 600 million Marshmallow Peeps and Bunnies this Easter. Some popular ways to eat Peeps: stale, microwaved, frozen, roasted, in s’mores or served as toppings on pizza.

Enjoy your Peeps any way you like this Easter – April 5th.

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Sponsor Spotlight – Cleveland Chiropractic College

Cleveland Chiropractic College - Kansas City is a proud Adopt-A-Highway Sponsor

Sponsor-A-Highway, making a difference on I-435!

We are pleased that Cleveland Chiropractic College – Kansas City is one of our Sponsors!

Steeped in history, yet meeting the challenges of contemporary health-care education, Cleveland Chiropractic College-Kansas City is located on 34 acres in suburban Overland Park, Kansas. Founded in 1922 by one of the first families of chiropractic, Cleveland is the only chiropractic institution in the nation still under the leadership of a founding family member. The college awards the Doctor of Chiropractic, Bachelor of Science in Human Biology and Masters in Health Promotion degrees. Cleveland’s chiropractic alumni practice in all 50 states and more than 20 foreign countries.

Adopt-A-Highway has been a great way for Cleveland Chiropractic College–Kansas City to invest in our Overland Park community, achieve cleaner and safer highway green space and enjoy prominent name recognition on Interstate 435 as a proud program sponsor.” — Dr. Carl S. Cleveland III, President, Cleveland Chiropractic College

To learn more about Cleveland Chiropractic College, visit cleveland.edu or contact the Office of Admissions at (800) 467-CCKC

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Welcome Spring!

We welcome Spring with open arms!

Spring brings relief from the winter weather, but also brings potholes, puddles, slippery roads. As the seasons change, so do road conditions. Stay safe on the road this spring with the following driving tips:

  1. Spring showers bring blooming flowers and wet roads.Slow down and increase your following distance when it rains. Keep in mind that even mist or light rain can mix with oil on the roads to create slick challenging road conditions.
  2. Check your windshield wipers, both front and back. Don’t drive faster than your wipers can clear water from the windshield.
  3. Puddles can impair brakes, obscure vision, or cause you to hydroplane. If you find your vehicle hydroplaning, gently ease your foot off the accelerator-do not brake.
  4. Warm weather brings motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians outside. Pedestrians may be texting, talking on phones, and listening to music, they can be as distracted as drivers. Be cautious at all times.
  5. If possible, go around potholes.Potholes-an effect of winter weather-can hurt your tires or throw your car’s front end out of alignment. If you cannot avoid a pothole, slow down, as the damage can be costly.
  6. Keep your tires properly inflated. Doing so can reduce damage from potholes, uneven pavement, and other road hazards.
  7. Spring weather can be temperamental, so be prepared for changes.

Now, go and ENJOY the great outdoors!

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