Tuesday, May 23, 2006

You're Better Off by Bike

That is the slogan that is being used in London on Billboards, bus stops, magazines, etc. The ad has the website posted on it. Unfortunately, a quick google search did not bring up an example of the ad or the web address. I will try to get a copy of the ad and post it soon.

So, why are we "better off by bike". I am slightly biased, since I bike often and walk to work. But, I will list a few reasons...

1. Cycling is often quicker than other forms of transport, especially in congested urban area such as DC (where I live).

2. It is an inexpensive form of transport. With the cost of gas, maintenance, insurance, and the pills to calm you down after a morning commute, it is much cheaper to bike. You will arrive with a smile on your face from the endorphins.

3. Cycling is healthy and enjoyable. Regular cycling can help improve your strength, stamina and posture, and reduce the risk of coronary heart disease among other benefits.

4. You will make a positive contribution to your community's environment by reducing congestion, air and noise pollution.

5. The spandex is cool!

Ok, so maybe the last point isn't true. But once you start biking to and from work, you will ask yourself...where else can I bike too? Then you will start adding little errands, taking weekend rides for fun, and before you know it you could be on an awesome journey across the US or World on you bicycle. But first, why don't you give commuting a try. I can almost guarantee that you will enjoy it.

I have made it point over the last couple of years to always live near my work and school. I have done this to avoid long commutes. While I love to drive, I hate to sit in traffic. When I start school in July, I will be commuting on my bike and on foot everyday...rain or shine.

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