Blog Action Day

Today is Blog Action Day. Here’s what it’s all about (from the BAD website):

Blog Action Day is an annual event that unites the world’s bloggers in posting about the same issue on the same day. Our aim is to raise awareness and trigger a global discussion.

This year’s theme is climate change. Oh boy. Instead of triggering a heated debate on climate change — a subject I learned early on is a hornet’s nest and not productive to discuss on a bike blog — I’m going to once again list a few of the benefits of riding bicycles for transportation and leave it at that.


  • improves health and well-being;
  • creates a sense of community;
  • instills a greater appreciation of the natural world;
  • reduces transportation-related expenditures;
  • reduces transportation-related pollution;
  • reduces transportation-related stress;
  • reduces road congestion;
  • reduces our dependence on foreign energy sources; and finally,
  • provides a source of pure, childlike joy!

What does bicycling do for you? Did I miss anything?

6 Responses to “Blog Action Day”

  • yangmusa says:

    A good list for sure, especially the childlike joy! I rode to work in the rain the other day, and a coworker asked me if it wasn’t a miserable experience? I replied that when I have my rain gear on I love it – it’s like being 5 and jumping in puddles!

    And if only more people would realize how much fun they’re missing, we might start making some progress on climate change too.

  • John in Roseburg says:

    My co-workers no longer ask me about riding in the rain ! They all know my answer. Riding to work gives me ” therapy ” twice a day. I absolutely relish my ride home at night after working my typically long shifts. Little traffic to contend with and I can wind down from the stress of the day.

  • bongobike says:

    Here’s another one for the rebel types: stickin’ it to the Man :)

  • tim says:


    Great List!!!!

    You could add: muscle building, stress reducing, Example creating (teach my kids not to be sedentary), diabites eliminating, neighbor meeting, weather appreciating…

    Your list does cover it all, this is just my take.

    Great site Alan. Thanks for not going the Global warming route, I REALLY APPRECIATE it. PTL.

  • WestfieldWanderer says:

    Great list. Must memorise it.

  • Houston says:

    Then of course when you ride you stir up the air. Butterfly effect, you know. Very helpful in global wind circulation. lol

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