Bike to work for health, savings, and cleaner air
The League of American Bicyclists has declared May 11 – 15 “Bike to Work Week,” and published a nine-page bike commuter guide for those of us who may still think that riding in traffic is a good way to get killed. Among the benefits of bicycle commuting:
Health: No need to worry about making time for the gym: “Ride your bike to work, and you no longer need to make time to exercise.”
Savings: According LAB, maintaining a car for a year cost $3000; keeping a bike in working order cost $300.
Clean Air: You can cut your environmental impact: “Motorized vehicles are responsible for 70% of the carbon monoxide, 45% of the nitrogen dioxide, and 34% of the hydrocarbons people produce.”
Most of all, bicycle commuting is fun: San Franciscan Jerry Edelbrock claims “I look forward to going to work as much as coming home, and I feel good about whatever I have to face.”