You never have to buy petrol, no monthly car payments, bikes are cheaper than cars, and bike maintenance is much less expensive than car maintenance. There is also a tax benefit available to employees who regularly commute by bike. Hence people prefer biking to work more than getting cars.
Few Speculations For – Biking To Work
1. Environmental: Every time you drive a car, you pollute the Earth. Consider how much pollution you are contributing if you commute daily in a car for 20 years.
2. Physical Health: Commuting on a bike is one of the easiest ways to stay healthy. It doesn’t require you to set aside any extra time, and it’s a much more convenient work out than going to the gym. Regular biking has been proven to protect you from heart disease, diabetes, and has so many other benefits I can’t list them here.
3. Mental & Emotional Health: Avoid the stress of sitting in traffic on your way to work. You also don’t have to worry about searching for a parking spot again. Studies have shown that biking reduces stress and increases productivity.
4. Social: Riding between your home and office allows you to engage your local community directly. You might run into the same people every day, and connect with other people in the biking community.
5. Time: Traffic isn’t just stressful; it’s also a waste of time. If you are commuting in an urban area, on average, about 50% of your daily commute is spent sitting in traffic.
Benefits Of Biking
An individual doesn’t have to take time out for exercise. All they have to do is allow extra time for their commute. Since exercise time and commute time run simultaneously, biking saves time. When I get home from a 27-mile commute, I have already had an hour and a half of aerobic exercise.
If I drove a car, it might reduce my travel time to home up to 25 minutes, but I would still have an hour and a half of exercise left to do. And we can see from examining health statistics (CDC) that the user doesn’t happen 70% of the time. So increasing the percentage of the population who ride a bike every day is a solution to America’s overweight/obesity epidemic.
The other benefits of biking are that it reduces air pollution by preventing the burning of gasoline and subsequent emissions. It saves money by changing the cost of transportation to the cost of maintaining a healthy body, which we should be doing anyway. It reduces traffic congestion by decreasing the number of cars on the road. And it boycotts the primary product of crude oil by giving us transportation without requiring the purchase of gasoline.
Based on data from the U.S. household travel survey and U.S. Energy Information Administration, if just half of the trips that are 5 miles or less were made by biking instead of driving, it would save the consumption of 29.8 billion gallons of gasoline. That represents a significant amount of money that would still be in Americans’ pockets. These trips by bike instead of car would also prevent the release of 276 million tons of pollution into the air we breathe. And that’s just so far this year.