ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Top Reasons to Bike to Work

Updated on July 3, 2012

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.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • profile image

      Olde Cashmere 

      8 years ago

      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 :)

    • LauraGT profile imageAUTHOR


      8 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.

    • Express10 profile image

      H C Palting 

      8 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.

    • LauraGT profile imageAUTHOR


      8 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!

    • Stacie L profile image

      Stacie L 

      8 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


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)