7 Benefits of Biking to Work
Biking is a very popular activity. In the United States in 2017, it has been reported that over 66 million people said they had gone biking in the previous 12 months. Whether you like Fixy bikes or something that catches your fancy at local bike shops, here are some reasons to ditch your car and commute every day with your bicycle.
- You can save a boatload of money. There are a number of ways riding a Fiy bike to work can save you money. The act of biking and not driving means there is less wear and tear on your car. That means you will have to pay less to keep it running. You may also get a discount from your car insurance company if you let them know you are not driving it as much. And then you will save a lot on gas. It has been estimated that by riding bikes, people save about 238 million gallons of gas each year.
- This will help you stay active and get in shape. It can be hard to manage a family, a job, and working out. When you bike to and from work, you are doing something you have to do already but rather than using gas fuel to get where you need to go, you are working out and burning calories.
- It is becoming safer and safer every day. In decades of yore, some people balked at biking as a real way to commute because they feared for their safety. This was more of an issue when there were fewer people on bikes and less awareness of how everyone can share the road. Now that more people are biking for fun and as transportation, many communities and cities around the nation have implemented stronger laws to protect people who are traveling by bike. Not only is the 3-foot law in place in all 50 states and the District of Columbia but more and more bike lanes are being added to the American roads.
- You are doing something for the environment. Not only are you not contributing to the release of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, every time you go a mile on your bike, but you also stop one pound of carbon dioxide from going into the sky, by cutting down on the amount of gas you use, you help the planet even more.
- Provide a positive example. As you ride around on your FIxy bike, people will see you doing that. Research into human behavior shows that when one person does something, good or bad, other people notice and their behavior can be influenced. You look good to your kids, who may want to take up biking. If someone sees you biking to work and starts, they will influence someone else to do it. Therefore your influence is amplified.
- Your employer may chip in. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has allowed employers to offer a commuting reimbursement to people who bike to work. This has been their practice since 2009. This works out well for them because people who bike to work tend to be healthier and that means they work more and are out sick less.
- It is super fun. When people start riding their Fixy bike around to work and other places, they get hooked on the experience. The more they do it, the more they want to do it. It has been said that if you do something every day for 90 days, it becomes an ingrained habit. This is one good habit to have. It can also offset some habits you have, like all of us, that are not as healthy for you, your wallet, and the environment.
While biking in the United States as a means of transportation and commuting has not taken off like it has in other countries, more and more people are being converted. The commute is often easier, especially in urban areas, where parking can be dangerous, expensive, and stressful.
All of this shows that are there more and more reasons to check out your local bicycle shops to find your next Fixy bike or some other kinds that catches your eye. Once you make the switch, you may wonder why on earth it took you so long.