If you’re not currently riding a bicycle for transportation, this note is for you.
We do an awful lot of preaching to the choir around here. It’s only natural; any website dedicated to a specialized subject is going to attract people who are interested and involved in that subject. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but ultimately we hope to reach out and inspire those who aren’t riding their bikes for transportation to consider giving it a try sometime.
While chatting among ourselves, we often talk about the many benefits of bicycling:
- Improved health – Even a short commute of 5-6 miles roundtrip provides 20-30 minutes of cardiovascular exercise
- Lower transportation costs – Replacing a car with a bicycle has been shown to save upwards of $7000-$8000 per year
- Reduced environmental impact – If 1 out of 10 car commuters switched to a bike, CO2 emissions would be reduced by 25.4 million tons per year
- Reduced dependence on foreign energy sources – Eliminating one automobile can reduce gasoline consumption by more than 500 gallons per year
- Reduced road congestion – Fewer cars on the road means cleaner, quieter cities and safer neighborhoods for our kids
Any or all of the above are excellent reasons to take up bicycling for transportation. What we don’t often talk about are the things about bicycling that keep us out there day-after-day, month-after-month, and year-after-year.
Do you remember that feeling of freedom you experienced when riding a bike when you were a kid? The feeling of the wind on your face and the road buzzing by beneath you, the smells of cut grass, warm asphalt, and honeysuckle drifting through the air? Have you ever experienced coming around a corner on your bike and seeing a deer or a coyote in the road, with that split second of startled recognition as your eyes met? Did you ever ride you bicycle all the way across town, further than you’d ever gone before under your own power, exploring strange neighborhoods as if you were on an expedition?
Here’s our big secret: those aren’t just memories, you can have those experiences right now. We bicycle riders have many experiences such as these on a regular basis. All you have to do is get out there and ride your bicycle every day with an attitude of adventure. And there’s no better way to carve time out of your busy schedule for bike riding than to ride your bike for transportation. What else could be simpler and provide such a huge payback in so many ways?
So think about joining us. Think about riding your bike to work. Think about replacing a few car trips per week with a bike ride instead. Be bold and even think about giving up your car completely. And whatever you do, little or big, know that it’s good for you and the world around you, and more importantly, know that you’re gonna’ love it.