As you may or may not know, this coming week (May 15-19) is National Bike to Work Week. This celebration has been inspiring individuals to drop keys and pick up helmets for years! The cause boasts some staggering statistics as well. According to bikeleague.org, 40% of all trips in the U.S. are less than two miles. This not only makes bicycling to work possible, but also fun and extremely beneficial.
Now, biking to work may be feasible, but you’re probably wondering why you should do it. So, we’ve compiled a list of 3 Impactful Reasons Why You Need to Bike to Work:
1. Save Money
Other than the cost of body energy, riding your bike to work is completely free! Not only that, it actually saves you money in the long run! There’s a great site called Kiplinger.com that calculates the amount of money you save each day by biking to work. This site takes into account the length of your commute (round-trip), parking costs and toll expenses, and then shows your daily savings.
By assuming a 4 mile-per-day round-trip commute, as mentioned before, this would mean you’d save $1.76 per day!
With results like this, you could be looking forward to $53 in savings each month on average! This will give you the chance to spoil yourself, your kids or your spouse more each month! Click here to find out how much you’d save each month by biking to work.
2. Be Happy
There are many benefits of biking to work. Happiness is one of the least understood or accepted. While it’s true that choosing your bike over your car may require navigating busy cities or tacking on some extra time to your commute, there have been many articles showing that biking to work will indeed make you happier. On top of that, studies have been done showing that daily exercise can reduce stress and help diminish symptoms of depression.
The health benefits don’t end there. In fact, in one of Momentum Mag’s articles, a study revealed that cyclists are 6 times healthier than other commuters! The article mentions reducing obesity, diabetes, and even mental health issues through cycling.
When it comes to biking to work, it really is a no-brainer! With health and financial benefits, who could deny strapping on that helmet and hitting the pavement?
3. Have Fun!
Let’s be honest, riding your bike is fun! Who doesn’t hop on a bike and reminisce about their favorite childhood memories? By implementing a day-to-day work schedule that includes a daily bike ride, you can combine the playful state of mind of growing up with the reality of being grown up. So, for bike week this coming week, grab a bike and let the benefits roll in (pun intended).
This article was compiled with the help of Momentum Mag. For a larger list of benefits associated with commuting to work with your bike, read their article titled “The Top 10 Reasons Everyone Should Bike to Work”.