When I see a fellow bike commuter on the road, I often wonder what motivated them to reduce their automobile use and choose a bicycle as their primary means of transport. For me, it’s a mixed bag of reasons including:
- The improved health and sense of well-being that results from daily exercise and exposure to fresh air
- A reduction in transportation-related stress (no more traffic jams)
- An increased feeling of being connected with, and a greater awareness of, the natural world
- A concern for the environment and the quality of life we leave for our children
- The significant financial savings (upwards of $7000-8000 per year)
- The pure childlike joy I get from riding and wrenching-on bicycles
I suspect the reasons people give up cars are as unique and varied as the people themselves. I’d be very interested to know what motivates you, and if you haven’t given up driving as your primary means of transport, what it would take to get you out of that car and onto a bicycle.