Monday, March 11, 2013
Top 7 Reasons To Start Using Bike For Transportation
While some studies showed that the number of bike commuter is significantly rising up, some apartment developers in the US even trying to give you a chance to live without car by developing a bike-friendly apartment concept.
So, did you still doubt to start riding a bike to your office?. We have the top 7 reasons why you have to start taking your bike from the garage and ride it away.
1.Bicycles produce no meaningful pollution when in operation
Bikes don't have tailpipes belching poisonous fumes into the atmosphere. They also eliminate the oil, fuel and hydraulic fluids dripped by automobiles onto the road surface — which means less toxic runoff into local waterways.
2. Bicycles are an effective alternative to a second car
Perhaps you're not in a position to adopt a bicycle as primary transportation. But bikes make great second vehicles. You can literally save thousands of dollars a year using a bicycle for workday commuting and weekend errands in households which might otherwise be forced to maintain two cars.
3. You can store a dozen bicycles in a single automobile-sized parking place
Parking lots have enormous environmental and financial impact, particularly in urbanized areas. The more bikes you can get on the road, the fewer parking spaces you need to build.
4. Bicycles provide mobility for those who may not qualify or afford to drive
Not everyone can get a driver's license (or wants one), and the cost of purchasing, insuring and maintaining a car is out of reach for a lot of people. Almost everyone can afford some sort of bike. Other than walking, bicycles are the most cost-effective transportation on the planet.
5. Studies show that bike commuters are healthier, more productive, and require less time off at work
This is why most enlightened employers are eager to accommodate commuting cyclists. Healthy workers are better workers — and that's good for the bottom line
6. Using a bike for transportation can help you lose weight and improve your overall health
Depending on your riding style and local road conditions, you could easily burn 600 calories an hour through brisk cycling. Most bike commuters report losing 15 to 20 pounds during their first year in the saddle without changing their eating habits.
7. Bicycling may be faster and more efficient than taking a car
Believe or not, but bikes are often faster than cars in urban areas, especially when city designers have set aside proper bike lanes. There's nothing more satisfying as a bicycle commuter than breezing past a long line of gridlocked traffic.