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Top Reasons to Bike to Work

Updated on July 3, 2012
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Need a new exercise routine? Want to save money? Wish you could reduce your carbon footprint? Biking to work or to run errands is a great way to achieve all of these goals.

Here are some of the many benefits of using your bike as a means of transportation.

Biking saves money

Not only are bikes much cheaper to purchase and maintain than cars, but commuting by bike can save you a considerable amount of money on gas. Consider someone who works 3 miles from their office. If they commute by bike, they would bike 6 miles/day for a total of 30 miles per week. That’s about 1.5 gallons of gas per week, which equals about $6 (assuming the current $4/gallon cost). Over the course of 1 month, that’s $24, and one year, that $288 saved just by biking. Add in tolls and parking costs, and it could be a whole lot more.

Biking improves your health and helps you maintain or lose weight

Getting in the habit of biking to work is a great way to improve your health. Again consider someone who has a 3 mile commute. That’s 6 miles/day or 30 miles per week. For a 150 pound person biking fairly leisurely pace (10-12 miles per hour), that’s approximately 2,000 calories per week. Not to mention the added benefits of increased energy and metabolism, stress reduction, and increased fitness.

Biking reduces pollution

Cars are the primary form of transportation in the United States and are a major contributor to air pollution. It’s not just gas emissions that contribute to pollution, but also the manufacturing and disposal of cars. Biking or walking, instead of driving, can reduce pollution caused by cars.

For more information on the Ingredients of Air Pollution, click here.

To calculate the levels harmful emissions you could save by biking, click here.

Biking saves time

Biking to work can be faster than driving, especially when traffic congestion is considered. In addition, it kills two birds with one stone: time in the car is replaced with time exercising, decreasing the need for dedicated “exercise” or gym time. You save time and will have increased energy that comes along with exercise.

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    • Stacie L profile image

      Stacie L 5 years ago

      Yes,with the price of gasoline,biking is becoming very popular.The US isn't as bike-friendly as some European countries so I hope it changes. Don't forget about noise pollution;bikes are quiet! lol

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      LauraGT 5 years ago from MA

      Thanks, Stacie. I agree. Many US cities have started to become more bike-friendly, with bike lanes, bike racks around town, and bike racks on buses. Hopefully increases in bike commuters can help make this happen more places and make it easier for more people to bike!

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      H C Palting 4 years ago from East Coast

      These are very good reasons to bike to work or anywhere for that matter. Some cities simply aren't bike friendly and recently here in a more rural area of VA Beach, cyclists experienced a rash of thumb tack attacks to deter them from clogging the two lane roads. Some cyclists had to perform repairs on different occasions while others could have been seriously hurt.

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      LauraGT 4 years ago from MA

      Express10: Thanks for reading and commenting. That's horrible about the tack attack. Luckily, more and more cities are working towards city planning that includes bike lanes on streets and other measures to make them more hospitable to bikers.

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      Olde Cashmere 4 years ago from Michigan, United States

      Great message which can help people get in shape and save money, not to mention great for the planet. Great hub LauraGT, I'm a strong advocate for biking to work if able. Voted up, awesome, and interesting :)

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