The Business Insider recently published an article on bicycle commuting, giving readers 13 reasons why they should start biking to work.
“Not only does biking to work have the potential to improve individuals’ health, wealth and standard of living, but the combination of more cyclists and fewer cars on the road could give the entire country a much-needed boost,” pens BI reporter Mandi Woodruff.
And here’s why:
- It is vastly cheaper than driving
- It’s a free gym on wheels.
- You won’t miss morning traffic jams.
- With bike sharing programs, you don’t even have to own a bike.
- We could save hundreds of millions on healthcare expenses.
- Businesses will save millions in lost productivity.
- It would make cycling safer for everyone. Much unlike cars, the more bicycles on the road, the safer it becomes for cyclists, research shows.
- You’re way more likely to get sick taking the bus.
- Uncle Sam will pay you to bike. Since January 2012, cyclist commuters have been entitled to a $20 per month tax-free reimbursement for bike-related expenses.
- Women could use the extra bone support.
- You inhale more harmful exhaust in your car than on a bike.
- You’ll never have to worry about a parking spot again.
- Our economy could use a boost.
Building on Woodruff’s list, I would add that
- Biking to work wakes you up and gets you going faster than a cup of coffee in a to-go mug ever will.
- It’s often faster than taking the bus.
- And most importantly, IT WILL MAKE YOU SMILE. (Confession: some mornings I make race car noises when riding on a windy downhill section to work.)
What were some of the reasons why you started bike-commuting, and what keeps you going?