Monday, May 19, 2014

National Bike to Work Day

May 15th was National Bike to Work day...
 otherwise known as Friday.
There are 3 components to bicycle commuting:
  • Physical
  • Environmental
  • Economic
Physically it's a great way to get in a workout and relieve stress while minimizing impact on your time with family.  Usually a bicycle commute will only increase your travel time by minutes if you work locally (with in 15-20 miles) and the frustration level of traveling by car, being stuck at light after light, is nearly eliminated.

Environmentally you are not burning a bunch of dinosaurs getting from point a to b.  You are also more aware of the environment around you as you are in it; not tucked in a metal cocoon  that is increasing being designed to remove you from the world around.  Not only that but a bicycle is made of only 20 pounds or so of natural resources, not 4000.

Let's face it, driving a car costs money.  It might not seem like a lot when you look at it day to day, but when you add it up day after day operating and maintaining a car is expensive.  Gas, tires, oil changes and repairs, can easily add up to multiple thousands of dollars a year.  Shouldering this burden might not be an issue for some but for many it's a substantial difficulty.

Fortunately I have a workplace that encourages such behavior

even rewards it
(if only everyday...)

To paraphrase the immortal words of Sam I Am, try it try it you will see...
(if you haven't already)


Davis Wornall said...

Well said.
My commute is 15 miles, should do it more often .Its easy to forget about the big picture

Jacqueline Willis said...

I'd add to that you are also reducing wear and traffic on the roads thusly making it easier for motor vehicles (not always cars, think public transport, ambulences, firemen, police) to get about when they need to. That you are also reducing the strain on social care (if you're lucky enough to live in a country with socialised medicine, if not you're saving money on your medical insurance by keeping premiums lower).


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