Bike to School
Top 10 Reasons to Ride Your Bike to Work or School:
You’ll have fun
Lets face it, riding a bike is fun. You can smell the flowers and listen to the birds while wistfully cycling down neighborhood streets. Okay, driving a car can be fun too, but not in bumper-to-bumper, rush hour traffic.
You’ll be healthier
People that commute by bike are on average 10 pounds lighter than those that drive according to health studies in Europe. Your cardio-vascular, aerobic fitness and mental health will also improve from commuting by bike instead of by car.
You’ll save money
The average annual cost of car ownership and operation is $8,698 according to AAA. If you buy a $1,200 bicycle, add $400 of clothes and accessories and include $200 in possible repairs and maintenance, you save almost $6,900 in your first year of commuting. Obviously you’ll save even more if you already have a bike and accessories.
You’ll help save the planet
According to National Geographic, cars produce more than 30 percent of our carbon dioxide emissions, more than 80 percent of carbon monoxide and about half of the nation’s nitrogen oxide emissions each year. Bikes produce none. If we only rode our bikes on trips of 5 miles or less, we could reduce our household emissions by six percent.
You won’t have to search for parking
We can park 10 bikes in the space it takes to park one car. Lock your bike just steps from the front door of your work or school and avoid paying parking fees.
You’ll avoid traffic jams
Never be late for work again! You will roll right by snarly traffic, construction delays and detours. Your commute will take you virtually the same amount of time each trip and probably won’t take much more time than driving. Some trips might even be less.
You’ll save time
Don’t go to the gym before or after work. Your bicycle is your gym. Spend that extra time on things you really love, like hanging out at your favorite bike shop.
You’ll have more energy at work/school
Active.com quotes a study that shows cycling to boost energy levels by 20 percent and decrease fatigue by 65 percent by triggering your brain to release neurotransmitters that are linked to energy.
You’ll help make cycling safer for everyone
The more cyclists on the road, the more drivers become aware of them. Also, the more policy makers become aware of them, which could lead to more bikeways and bike lanes, which makes cycling safer, which attracts more cyclists, which makes drivers more aware and on and on.
You live in Southern California
You don’t have the excuse of foul weather keeping you off your bike. Southern California has arguably the best weather in the country for year round commuting, averaging 278 sunny days per year with average temperatures of 70 degrees. We also have thousands of miles of bike lanes and bikeways, so get on your bike and ride!