If you live in Wyoming and your work is 20 miles away and the daily blizzard is howling away outside, then we can totally see why you wouldn’t bike too much. But we’re based in (mostly) sunny California, and there’s a lot of us who could easily bike a whole bunch of places but choose to drive instead. Here are 5 reasons for why you should brush the cobwebs off your bike, oil the chain, put some air in those tires and get out on that 2-wheeler!
Gas – Remember when we invaded Iraq back in 2003 and gasoline shot up to like $4 a gallon? Well, Donald Trump is president now. We’re probably going to see even worse. The average American commuter spends $2,600 annually on their work commute. If you bike to work, you could spend that money on so many other things! Like Chipotle, for example. Or invest it. But Chipotle.
The Environment – Cars generate a lot of CO2, which contributes to global warming and holes in the ozone. If you bike more, you can sleep at night knowing that you’re doing your part to curb greenhouse gas emissions and extreme climate change.
No Parking Fees – Doesn’t it suck when you step out of the cafe and realize there was a reason why there were no vehicles on the whole block and parking was so easy and available? Yep. While you were getting your frappe inside, it was street sweeping. Now you’ve got a $100 ticket when you could have just biked.
Exercise – Instead of getting on the treadmill at the gym, you can turn your commute into a workout! Biking is really great for your legs and cardio, provided there are hills involved.
Speed – Believe it or not, in traffic-choked cities like L.A. or San Francisco, biking is actually faster than driving. It’s actually quite fun to zip past the legions of poor souls suffocating in their creeping army of cars, while you fly right by them and make way more lights than they do.