Every time you ride your bike instead of driving, the earth is so happy that another fairy is born from the horn of a unicorn
There are definitely more than 10 reasons to ride your bike, but this Women on a Roll report got me thinking about why I like to ride my bike. Here are my top ten.
10. IT’S GOOD FOR THE WORLD
It’s an undeniable truth that cars are stinky and boring, that traffic sucks and that the world’s oil is best off staying in the ground for as long as possible. Once your bike is produced it creates very little extra waste, apart from the odd inner tube (but these can be recycled in an almost infinite amount of clever ways – like this!). So remember, every time you ride your bike instead of driving, the earth is so happy that another fairy is born from the horn of a unicorn.
9. IT’S GOOD FOR YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY
People on bikes stop more often to buy things from their local shop, they also cause less damage to roads, and take up less space when parked. They also don’t contribute to inner city pollution or traffic congestion.
8. IT’S GOOD FOR YOU
Yep, riding a bike keeps you fit (which also costs your community less in public health dollars).
7. IT’S CHEAP
Driving is expensive, not just the fuel but also the maintenance and repairs. Public transport isn’t all that expensive, but it can be a drain to a person’s spirit. Buy a bike, any bike, jump on and ride. The initial outlay is well worth it, especially considering what you will save in the long run. Maintenance is generally pretty cheap for a bike as well. Which means you have more money for wine, hooray!
6. YOU GET TO SMELL THE WORLD
Yep, when you ride you literally get to smell the flowers, or the local chicken shop, or freshly baked bread. Sometimes you get to smell things that aren’t so nice, like car exhaust fumes, but if you plan your trips smart then you can generally keep yourself out of traffic and in sniffing range of something pleasant.
5. YOU GET TO RIDE YOUR BIKE
Ok, this one might seem obvious, but there is little that makes me sadder than walking past a bike that hasn’t been ridden in a while. I love my bikes and staying cooped up in the garage or hallway just can’t be all that fun for them. Riding your bike let’s you check out how it’s going, see if any of its bits and pieces need some love, and helps you to remember exactly why you got it in the first place.
4. SMILES FROM OTHER CYCLISTS
When drivers pull up next to each other at the lights it is literally all middle fingers and f-bombs, cause driving makes people angry. When a cyclist pulls up next to another rider at the lights it is simply time to check out each other’s bike and share a happy grin, cause riding bikes makes people happy.
3. YOU GET MORE STUFF DONE
I know that I get around Melbourne faster on a bike than I ever could in a car. I don’t ever have to drive around the parking lot for the tenth time looking for a spot, and I never have to give anyone a lift. I also don’t have to be late to work cause the train was cancelled. My bike lets me be in control, and if it rains I have a great excuse to grab a coffee while I wait it out.
2. CAUSE IT’S SMART
Riding a bike is definitely a cause for smugness. You should feel proud that you have made one of the greatest lifestyle choices around – you are pretty much a modern day version of Captain Planet. You probably also have nicer calves than all the people who walk around with an eye twitch from their daily commute, or who spend their travelling time sitting in a seat previously occupied by the local homeless person.
1. IT’S FUN
There’s no denying it, cruising along the streets on your bike is the best. Cruising along the streets on your bike with your friends is even better. The world is a big place full of interesting things to see, and your bike lets you see more of them. Winning!