In honor of the warming temperatures and National Bike Month, we’ve highlighted just a few of the benefits that come with bike commuting. Riding to work is good for your wallet, health and happiness and there’s no better time to start than right now. Take a look at the benefits and start commuting on two wheels.
It’s good for your health. Plenty of people turn to cycling for exercise alone, but if you struggle to find time for fitness during the week, bike commuting could be the perfect way to fit it in. Just one hour of riding could burn up to 500 calories and according to research, the average person loses 13 pounds their first year of bike riding.
It will save you money. This point may be obvious, but it’s a huge benefit. After gas, maintenance and parking fees, the average driver spends roughly $10,000 a year when commuting by car. Conversely, the average bike commuter spends about $300.
We could save hundreds of millions on healthcare if we would all just bike commute. We should take a lesson from Portland, Ore., a city known for bike-friendliness. According to a study on the area, over the next 30 years Portland’s residents could save up to $594 million in health care expenses, as a result of the investment in biking infrastructure and culture.
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You won’t waste hours looking for a parking spot. Ride to work and bring your bike right into the office or leave it outside (and locked up)—either way you won’t have to worry about finding a coveted spot in a crowded lot or on big city streets.
You won’t have to worry about polluting the environment. Cycle to work and rest assured that you’re part of the solution (at least in this one sense) and not the problem.
It will make you happier. According to Canadian statistics, 66 percent of people who bike or walk to work are happy with their commute. Compare that to 32 percent of people who drive to work and a mere 25 percent of people who take public transit.