Bikes have been around for over 100 years, but they were supplanted by the automobile very early on. For decades, bikes were left to children while the parents drove cars and trucks.
In the past couple of decades though, things have begun to change, and more and more people are looking to road bicycles as a way to not only get exercise, but to get to and from work. In the city, more and more people are riding bikes to work, and there are some very good reasons why someone should do that.
One of the biggest benefits to biking to work is that it is very cheap to do so. It is cheaper than taking the bus for one thing, but it is far cheaper than taking a car. The cost of owning a car has increased by roughly two per cent, and it costs 30 times more to do maintenance on a car in a year than it does a bike.
Another massive benefit is the fact that you are working out at the gym every single day when you go to work. It is estimated that by biking, commuters lose roughly 13 pounds in their first year. Biking to work is very good for your heart; it helps you lose weight and it also helps your joints.
Have you ever been stuck in traffic? It sucks, but it is something that happens to all of us. It doesn’t happen to people on bikes. Each year, Americans spend about 25 minutes driving to the office per day, and in large cities, it can be as long as 50 minutes. Cycling gets you to work faster because the traffic jam is not going to keep you stuck behind cars.
Biking to the office is not only good for you; it is good for the healthcare system and the environment. In a study done in Portland, it was found that over the next three decades, residents of that city could save nearly $600 million in health care costs through investment in bike culture. That will provide further fuel savings of up to $218 million. In addition, you are not contributing to greenhouse gases, so you are helping the environment. In several studies, it has been found that you inhale more exhaust sitting in your car than if you are biking to work, so that is something to think about.
Parking in the city can be a big pain, but with a bike, you never have to worry about parking spots ever again. Many cities require, by law, that bike racks be provided outside of major buildings and offices in the downtown core.
Another benefit is that you help the economy of the country through various levels. In a study in 2012, it was found that bike commuters generate roughly 42 cents per mile biked in savings, through things like lower transportation costs, security, tourism, public health and more.
Taking the bus can be a good way to keep you from driving, but it can result in you getting sicker. In a report from the New York Daily News, it found that those who ride the bus are more likely to get sick from a number of illnesses and infections, including E. coli and salmonella.
You are setting an example and the more you convince others to bike to work, the more likely the government is to make biking safer for more people. If the rate of biking increases in a city, the rate of accidents involving bicycles decreases because drivers are more aware that people are biking.
The company you work for is going to save millions in lost productivity. Community to work by bicycle by just one percent of a company’s workers can generate huge savings through reductions in lost productivity through workers not going to the office. In Denmark, it is estimated that if one percent of its 7.1 million working people biked to work, it would save $34 million a year.
Lastly, biking is just a great thing to do. You will feel energized and happy when you get their, you will look forward to your bike home, and you will feel better about yourself and your life. All it takes is parking the car, hopping on a bike, and riding the bike to work at least a couple of times per week.