The Definitive Reasons for You to Join the Biking Family Right Now | Amazing Cycling Benefits – Part 2

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Using my car on a daily basis was beginning to concern me.

I knew my vehicle was causing damage to the environment and negatively impacting my bank balance. These worries were getting me down.

I realized that unless I took action soon, I would remain in this guilt-stricken state. What’s more, I had my children’s futures to consider.

The cycling benefits solved all these issues.

Here are the astonishing ways riding your bike helps the environment and your wallet.

The Phenomenal Cycling Benefits:

  • Lowers CO2 emissions.
  • Protects the rainforests.
  • Prevents water pollution.
  • Saves the lives of animals.
  • Teaches you mechanics.
  • Slashes healthcare costs.
  • Boosts your salary.

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How Cycling Benefits the Environment

 

Getting out of your car and onto your bike is one of the simplest, yet most effective ways of improving our valuable environment.

Here are the top reasons to ditch your motor and get on two wheels:

Reduces Your Exhaust Pollution With No Idling in Traffic

It’s a familiar story.

Every day, thousands of us jump into our cars and set off on our daily commute. The theory is that our automobile will get us to work quickly and in comfort.

But the reality is somewhat different.

A plethora of stoplights, intersections, and all too familiar traffic jams impede our progress. It feels like we’re stationary more often than moving. Additionally, this leads us to stress out—are we going to be late again?

And do we turn off our engines during these motionless periods? No.

Leaving our automobiles ticking over is seriously counterproductive—both for our wallets and the environment.

Research shows that an idling car uses around half a gallon of gas per hour—that’s money you’re never going to see again. Furthermore, for every ten minutes you’re sat in traffic—that exhaust is throwing out a pound of carbon dioxide into the air.

One of the most significant environmental benefits of cycling is that you’re not needlessly spending your hard-earned dollars on wasted gas—nor contributing to global warming.

Additionally, you’ll arrive at work calmer. There’s no frustration from sitting stationary for extended periods—since you can weave in and out of traffic.

You can even wave at the depressed car drivers as you pass.

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Saves Our Furry Friends

Cycling, unlike driving, saves our creature comrades.

Driving down a highway and seeing a squashed animal is an upsetting, but all too common, phenomenon.

According to insurance industry records, motor vehicles collide with one to two million animals per year—that’s 5500 per day.

However, the true story is more frightening.

This statistic only includes accidents that drivers have reported—because it has led to a dented or incapacitated vehicle. Let’s face it, running over a baby squirrel is unlikely to cause any damage to your bull-bar adorned SUV.

Hence, that’s a few million more early-departed creatures.

Not only is it a sad state of affairs, but it also heavily impacts the environment.

In 2008, the US Department of Transportation delivered a report to Congress. In this document, it stated that animal collisions threatened the long-term survival of some species of creatures.

It’s true—even on a cycle, you can have an accidental run-in with wildlife.

However, the lower speeds of bikes mean that these collisions are less likely—and, should an accident occur, it will not have such a life-threatening effect on the animal’s life as motor vehicles.

Look at it like this, if you run into a deer while on two wheels, it’s you who will come off worse.

Cuts Back on Noise and Air Pollution

Bikes make very little noise.

In fact, if your cycle is making overtly audible sounds while pedaling—it’s time you took it in for a service.

Motor vehicles are the complete opposite.

Just one car engine will emit a sound of around 77 decibels. When you consider that a Boeing 737, when landing, creates 97 decibels, you can see how serious this is.

According to the WHO (World Health Organization), noise pollution is second only to air pollution in the impact it has on health, and extended exposure can lead to hearing loss. But more than anything, it’s just unpleasant, and doesn’t promote a calm and relaxed environment.

But, perhaps its air pollution that’s the most concerning.

While running, a typical car engine throws out of its exhaust:

  • Particle matter—mainly soot which penetrates deep into the lungs.
  • VOCs (volatile organic compounds)—creates ground-level smog, which can lead to choking, coughing and breathing issues.
  • Nitrogen oxide—weakens the body’s defenses against flu and pneumonia.
  • Carbon monoxide—a poison.
  • Sulfur dioxide—causes asthma, particularly in children.
  • Carbon dioxide—the leading cause of our global warming catastrophe.

One of the most rewarding cycling benefits is that it creates virtually zero air pollution—making the environment better for you, your children and everyone else in your city.

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Saves the Forests by Using Less Rubber

Rubber initially seems relatively innocuous.

It’s a natural product that grows—and hence is sustainable. Furthermore, we all know that planting trees is positive for the environment as they consume the global-warming gas carbon dioxide.

But that’s not an accurate picture.

Rubber, which is the primary material of cycle and car tires, comes from plantations. Typically, these areas were previously rainforests that companies have burned to make way for their money-making trees.

Estimates say that over the next four years, around 4.3-8.5 million hectares of existing forests will disappear to make way for these ‘rubber farms.’ This leads to a lack of biodiversity, wrecks the soil, impacts water availability, and ruins animal’s habitats.

Admittedly, as cyclists, we do contribute to the issue, since our tires need rubber.

However, consider how many skinny bike tires you could make from just one car tire. By choosing to use our cycles instead of our automobiles, we’re reducing the demand for rubber and hence saving precious environments from being turned into plantations.

Bikes Take Up Less Parking Spaces

Cars steal valuable space from our cities.

Consider the number of vast parking lots that do nothing at all apart from creating a tarmac area for stationary vehicles to reside.

City planners could use all those valuable areas for more beneficial applications—such as providing recreational green-havens amidst the concrete jungle.

Just one parking space can accommodate up to 12 cycles. Hence, if everyone dropped their cars and used a bicycle instead, we could reclaim around 92 percent of the parking lots for alternative uses.

Reduces CO2 Emissions

Unless you’ve been living on a desert island for the past few years, you know that global warming is a serious issue.

And that’s mainly down to CO2 (carbon dioxide) emissions. This greenhouse gas traps heat—and thus elevates worldwide temperatures.

The motor vehicle sector is the second-largest source of CO2 emissions, after burning fossil fuels. It churns out over 1.7 billion tons of carbon dioxide every year.

It’s not just exhaust fumes that make up this figure, but also the CO2 impact of the actual manufacture of vehicles.

Using your bike has a dramatic effect.

Every mile you cycle, you create 0.88 ounces of carbon dioxide (from food—your energy source). Contrast this to the 15.8 ounces per mile produced by a car over the same distance.

Furthermore, the carbon footprint is much smaller in the manufacture of bikes than automobiles—0.56 ounces as opposed to 11 ounces.

Getting onto the saddle means saving the planet.

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Lower Road Damage

When we use a motor vehicle, we’re not just causing wear and tear to our cars, we’re also damaging the roads.

But that’s not our problem, right?

Unfortunately, it is. On a local level, if roads are constantly in need of repair or replacement—there’s a cost. And it’s you, as a taxpayer, who’s finally going to finance that expense.

Furthermore, replacing road surfaces means using natural resources—having a negative impact on the environment.

Hence, the more time you’re off four wheels and on two, the less damage to the road.

Ok, let me be honest.

You’re still no angel. Even riding your bike will have a detrimental effect on the highways and paths.

However, here’s the difference.

It would take an overweight person on a ridiculously hefty bike 17059 trips to equal the damage made by one journey of an average car. Or, 364520 trips to match the destruction caused by a Hummer.

Cuts Back on Water Pollution from Oil

One of the benefits of biking include requiring very little oil.

Ok, so you’ll put a few drops on the chain, derailleur, shifts and pedals—but compared to the six quarts you need in a standard car—it’s virtually insignificant.

It’s not just that using this amount of lubricant is consuming valuable natural resources—it can (and too often does) damage the environment.

You know cars leak oil. Our driveways and roads all have the tell-tale dark spotting that a dripping sump or gearbox leaves behind.

But, what you see is just the residue.

Rain washes away most of the oil, which then makes its way into storm drains and then eventually into lakes or streams.

According to the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, just one quart of oil can contaminate 250000 gallons of water.

Let’s put it into perspective.

Do you remember the Exxon Valdez? In 1989, this oil tanker spilled 11 million gallons of crude oil into the Alaskan sea. Every year, Americans spill 180 million gallons of used motor oil into the nation’s waterways.

So, by using your cycle, you’re saving our waters, plants, fish and animals.

Eliminates the Poisonous Batteries

A standard 12-volt automotive battery for a gas-powered vehicle contains lead-acid. Not only is this compound corrosive if you accidentally get it onto your skin—but it can also contaminate soil, groundwater and can act as a poison.

And, don’t think an electric car is any safer.

Take, for example, the Tesla Model S. This vehicle contains 7104 lithium-ion batteries. US Federal regulations consider these cells as hazardous—since they contain the compounds (nickel, cobalt, and thallium) that are poisonous to humans and the environment.

One of the most significant benefits of cycling is that your bike doesn’t need a battery for power—just your legs (well, unless you use an electric bike).

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Uses Fewer Natural Resources to Manufacture

As we’ve already seen, the manufacture of cycles does have a carbon footprint—but it’s significantly smaller than that of automobiles.

Furthermore, bikes take fewer natural materials to produce—typically just a little rubber, aluminum (or steel) and plastic.

Contrast this with the immense amount of metal, oil, battery cells, leather, rubber, silicon, microchips and carbon that one car requires.

The Economic Cycling Benefits

 

Switching from four wheels to two has advantages for your bank balance and that of your local economy.

Here are the top bank-boosting cycling benefits.

Cuts Your Gas Costs

On average, a US motorist spends $1072 per year on gasoline, unless you’re unfortunate enough to live in Wyoming, and you’ll be shelling out over $1400.

Luckily, one of the immense cycling benefits is that there are no fossil fuels involved.

Instead, the energy source is you. Or, more specifically, the food you eat.

Every 30 minutes of cycling expends 210 calories. To satisfy that energy requirement, all you need to consume is one slice of white bread.

Let’s look at the numbers.

A typical loaf contains 24 slices. Hence, that equates to 12 hours of continuous cycling for just $2.00, or $1 for six hours.

Equating that to the average annual spend on gas, for the same expenditure, you can ride your bike for 6000 hours—or 16 hours a day for a whole year.

It’s a no-brainer.

Ditch the Gym Membership

Joining a gym isn’t cheap.

On average, typical membership ranges between $21-$50 per month. Ok, if you’re a dedicated bodybuilder and hitting the leg-press machines every single day—it’s possibly worthwhile.

However, how many of us do that?

Statistics show that around half of the people with gym memberships have a couple of sessions—and then never attend again—yet still continue to pay their monthly fees.

That’s just money wasted.

Furthermore, what greets you as you enter these fitness venues? That’s right, a whole plethora of stationary and spinning bikes.

Why sit indoors in the sweaty and uncomfortable environment of a gym when you can be out on the open road?

In Part 1 of this article, I explained the numerous fitness-boosting benefits of regular cycling. In many cases, dropping the gym membership and getting in the saddle will deliver the same returns. Perhaps more, as you’ll be more inclined to head out on your bike instead of having to pack your gym bag and travel to the fitness center.

Think of it like this—the typical cost of four months of gym membership will buy you an excellent cycle.

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Slashes Your Parking Time and Costs

Get this.

According to INRIX Research, the average American wastes around 17 hours every year, just looking for a car parking space. That’s enough time to watch two complete series of Game of Thrones back to back.

Alternatively, instead of using this time to watch TV, you could do something more constructive, like work, and earn some more money. Ideally, you’ll spend it enjoying riding your cycle instead.

When you look at the cash-cost—it’s even more frightening.

This same study estimates the annual car parking costs for a typical US motorist (taking into account fuel) as $345—enough to buy a seriously good bike.

Furthermore, if you live in one of the major cities—you’re in more trouble.

A New York driver will spend an eye-watering 107 hours looking for that elusive parking space—at the cost of $2243.

So, ditch the car and get on your bike.

Cycling benefits include saving you time and money on parking. Even if you buy a high-end cycle lock, you still have more dollars in your pocket than if you were a driver.

You can park your bike (virtually) anywhere, and it’s nearly always completely free.

Plus, think of the stress you’re saving yourself.

Cars are More Expensive than Bikes

It’s simple economics.

Bikes take fewer materials and include less technology than automobiles—making them significantly lighter on the wallet.

Spend around $200-300, and you have a shiny, new and perfectly functional road cycle. In contrast, a straight-off-the-forecourt motor vehicle will cost you thousands.

Even if you become a total addict and buy helmets, hydration packs, panniers, racks, GPS, computer, gloves and the all-essential lycra—you’re still going to have spent much less than for a car.

It’s true, you could shell out $10k on a top-of-the-range carbon-fiber cycle—but buying a motor vehicle equivalent would be in the hundreds of thousands.

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Elevates Tourism

Out-of-town visitors to cities provide valuable income from tourism. Not only do these people generate wealth by visiting particular attractions, but they also benefit many small businesses such as stores and restaurants—after all, everyone’s gotta eat.

Yet, excessive traffic acts as a deterrent to this money-generator.

Research shows that cities saturated with motor vehicles, and the noise, inconvenience, and smog they generate, make tourists stay away.

Cities, such as Amsterdam, with a large biking community, are appealing to visitors—not only because of the novelty of seeing people on cycles, but also because the perceived pollution levels are lower.

Additionally, cycling can actually draw people into towns.

Organized bicycling trips and holidays, or bicycle tourism, is an enormous money-spinner.

Studies indicate that in 2017, US bicycle tourism generated $83 billion in trip-related sales. Furthermore, this created an additional $97 billion in retail spending.

Cycling Teaches You Mechanics

The longer you own a cycle, the more you learn about how it works.

Unlike cars, a mysterious on-board computer doesn’t control your bike. Even by just studying your cycle, the most engineering-naive person can figure out how they work.

You can complete the majority of basic bike maintenance and repair yourself with little to no experience. Furthermore, there are many excellent books and online videos providing valuable tips on looking after your cycle.

What’s more, it’s enormous fun and delivers immense satisfaction when you have done the problem-solving.

Perhaps for the more technical aspects—such as adjusting derailleurs—you may need the experience of your local bike store. But, even the most complicated drivetrain can be understood by most people with a little commitment.

Furthermore, the knowledge and experience you gain from looking after your cycle will translate into other aspects of your life.

Mechanics are mechanics—you’ll discover that you become more practical and confident in taking on other similar household repairs.

Use a Bicycle-Sharing System

If you really want to bring the cost of bike ownership down to the absolute minimum—don’t buy—borrow.

While costing markedly less to run than motor vehicles—cycles still require some money to keep them on the road. Depending on your usage, you could be spending money on tires, inner tubes, oil, brake pads, insurance and repairs.

You can remove all these costs by entering into a bike-sharing scheme.

These programs enable you, for a small fee, to borrow a bike from a ‘dock’ (basically a locked cycle stand) and then return it another dock on the same system. You don’t have to take it back from your original starting point.

Handily, you can control it all from your smartphone.

Specific apps allow you to locate a cycle, pay a rental charge, and then your bicycle is unlocked.

Increasingly common are dockless bikes, sometimes known as fourth-generation or free-floating cycles. These units have a lock integrated into the frame that again can be released through a smartphone app—thus negating the requirement to return the bike to a particular location.

The number of these dockless bikes are rapidly increasing across the USA. In 2017 alone, the amount doubled from 42500 cycles to 100000.

Supports Businesses Local to You

How often do you jump in your car and travel to out-of-town malls and supermarkets?

We all do it—the easy parking and convenience of having everything we need located on just one site make it extremely appealing.

But, we’re destroying our local businesses.

Research from UCI (University of California Irvine) explains that for every two jobs that the retail giant Walmart creates, three local workers lose their employment. Furthermore, this results in an economic loss to small businesses across individual counties of around $1.4 million.

Using your bike instead of your car provides the incentive to shop locally—since you’re unlikely to cycle extensive distances just to buy your groceries.

Additionally, using your bike is an eye-opener.

Traveling at a steady pace through town centers gives you the opportunity to be more observant. You’ll notice off-the-beaten-track outlets that otherwise you would have missed in your automobile.

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Cuts Your Annual Car Insurance Costs

The average American motorist spends around $1000 on his or her car insurance per annum, enough to purchase a high-quality cycle.

If you drop your car entirely in favor of your bike—that’s another expense that you don’t have to worry about.

However, I do live in the real world.

Cars, in some cases, are a necessity. However, by cutting down your annual mileage, you can take advantage of some cost-saving motor insurance policies.

Increasingly popular is the pay-as-you-go insurance system. This typically involves having a mile tracker fitted to your vehicle combined with an app on your smartphone. Every month, you’re billed based on the amount of distance you’ve covered.

Hence, the more you’re out on two wheels, the less you will pay in car insurance.

Lowers Your Healthcare Costs

In Part 1 of this article, I explained the phenomenal health benefits of cycling. In short, it prevents cancer, lowers blood pressure, improves breathing and reduces the chance of heart attacks.

Being healthier means fewer doctor’s trips, cheaper pharmaceutical bills and will often lower healthcare insurance.

Reach Your Destination Faster

One of my favorite cycling benefits is that it’s often faster than driving—especially in the heavily traffic-congested larger cities.

Many companies employ cyclists to take their products to their customer’s front doors—simply because of the speed advantage. For example, Deliveroo, the food-delivery company, specifically uses bikes for this reason.

Their customers are hungry beasts and hence want their food to arrive as swiftly as possible—without becoming cold. The company explains that not only are cycles faster than cars for urban journeys, in most cases, they out-perform two-wheeled motor transport.

Furthermore, once you have reached your destination on your bike, you don’t have to spend additional time searching for a suitable parking spot.

Eliminates Costly and Unnecessary Journeys

Often the journeys we take in our cars are entirely unnecessary.

When you’re out in your vehicle, it can be tempting to visit numerous stores just for a ‘look’—you’re not really intending on purchasing anything, but fancy killing some time.

Not only is this wasting gas—but when you finally reach your destination outlet, you may also end up purchasing items that you don’t really need.

However, if you’re on your bike, you’re less likely to make these non-essential journeys.

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Receive a Salary Boost

Increasingly, more and more companies are actually paying their employees to cycle to work.

Typically, this takes the form of a monthly or annual bonus (up to $20 per month)—boosting your income just for doing something that you love.

The reasons firms do this are numerous.

Firstly, it’s a form of secondary advertising. Today, consumers are increasingly savvy regarding social awareness and environmental issues—often avoiding companies with a bad track record.

A business that encourages a carbon-friendly cycle in favor of motorized transport will make them more attractive to customers—who will then vote with their wallets.

Secondly, it cuts down on the parking lots.

I’ve already explained that twelve cycles can fit into just one car space. Massive parking areas require the employer to either rent or buy these concrete lots—at an enormous cost. Employees commuting on a bicycle save them money.

Finally, a person who exercises before work is a better employee.

Studies explain that people who conduct physical activity before beginning their working day show improved mood, increased productivity and enhanced performance.

Lowers Your Tax Payments

Many national government tax schemes around the world allow cyclists to claim cycling incentive payments, receive loans or indeed enjoy a company-bicycle—completely tax-free.

Not only does this mean more money in your bank balance—but you also have the added satisfaction that your hard-earned dollars aren’t going into the coffers of the government.

The Transport Advantages of Cycling

 

So often we consider our roads to be the domain of cars—it’s time to reclaim them.

Hitting the streets on your bike instead of your automobile opens up a whole plethora of cycling benefits.

Refine Your Navigational Skills

There was a time when humans used the stars for navigation. There was also a time when people used landmarks to find their way.

But, as Anne Hathaway sang in Les Misérables,

There was a time, then it all went wrong.

                                        I Dreamed a Dream—by Claude-Michel Schönberg

The advent of sat-navs and latterly the proliferation of smartphone apps, has meant that many people today have no sense of direction—and lost the valuable ability of navigation.

One of the immense cycling benefits is that it can restore this skill.

It’s true, you can treat yourself to a cycle-mounted GPS to help you find your way. However, alternatively, live a little and instead rely on your own brain.

At the very most, use a map—and I’m not talking about those provided by Google.

Get hold of a traditional paper version to plan your routes—and when out on the road, carry it in your backpack. Additionally, use signposts (that’s why they’re there) and landmarks to find your way.

You’ll be surprised how quickly you recapture this age-old ability—and soon, you will just know if you’re heading in the correct direction.

Plus, if you’re concerned about becoming lost, keep your smartphone with you as a backup. However, treat it as an emergency measure only.

You Become More Aware of Your Local Roads

When I was a child, my parents gave me some advice. If I ever found myself lost, I should ask a mailman for directions.

These vital public servants know every local street, lane, avenue, and thoroughfare—simply because they have to travel them every single day.

In a car, that’s not usually the case.

So often, we journey from city to city, to airports, or the out-of-town superstores and malls. However, while we may have a thorough knowledge of the interstates and highways—we have no idea of the multitude of smaller roadways right on our doorstep.

Typically, these busy main roads are not suitable (or safe) for cycling, but the travel routes local to your home are usually ideal.

Getting onto your cycle is the ideal way to explore these little-traversed streets. You’ll find places you never knew existed—and perhaps discover a shortcut that previously you were utterly unaware of.

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Discover Traffic-Free Bike Paths and Phenomenal Views

In some circumstances, such as commuting, riding your bike in traffic may be unavoidable. However, for pleasure, it’s not ideal—particularly if you are cycling with your children.

But, you can escape.

Bike paths cover a vast expanse of both urban and rural areas. Currently, there are around 13000 miles of cycle-only tracks in the USA alone. Getting away from the motorized transport makes a more pleasurable, safe and healthy, riding experience.

Yet it doesn’t end there.

Not only are you traveling along routes that are forbidden to car drivers—you’ll be able to witness scenery that these slaves to automobiles will never discover.

Incredibly, this has benefits for your health.

Research from the University of Aberdeen explains that being outdoors, exploring the natural environment and being exposed to beautiful landscapes has a restorative effect.

Just viewing attractive environments can elevate energy levels, increase mood and lower stress—for all the family.

Furthermore, not only will your children gain these immediate benefits—it’s an experience that will affect the rest of their lives.

If youngsters experience and enjoy nature during their early years, it’s more likely that they will continue to explore outdoor locations in later life.

Additionally, a 2019 study from the Barcelona Institute for Global Health shows that adults who visited natural spaces during their childhood have superior mental health than those who lacked these encounters.

Cut Out the Traffic

Traffic is seriously bad for your health.

Ok, you already know that the emissions from automobile exhausts are highly poisonous and contribute to global warming. But traffic, and other drivers, affect you in much more personal ways.

A 2017 study, conducted at the University of Sydney, demonstrated that traffic causes acute physiological stress in car drivers—eventually leading to cardiovascular disease and elevated blood pressure. Furthermore, when you’re stressed, your body releases the hormone cortisol which promotes obesity.

The research shows that the leading causes of this stress were:

  • Traffic congestion.
  • Difficulty in locating a parking space.
  • Negative interactions with other drivers.

Jump onto your saddle, and you can avoid all these antagonists.

One of the worst culprits is traffic jams. In a car, effectively, you’re completely trapped. You can’t get out and decide to walk instead—unless you want to dump your vehicle randomly in the road.

Cycling is completely different.

Ideally, should you come across traffic congestion, you can ride along-side the vehicle snake, or weave in-and-out of the jam to reach your journey’s end. In worst-case scenarios, should that be impossible (say, for safety reasons)—just get off your bike and walk or cycle on the sidewalk (depending on local regulations.)

Not only will you reach your destination sooner, but you will also arrive calm and stress-free.

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Explore Unusual and New Areas

If you’re a motorist, let me ask you something—how often do you drive the same roads week after week?

I’m guessing the answer is pretty often.

We drive to work, supermarkets, schools, and friends—we do it so frequently that these journeys become second-nature, you can virtually complete them on autopilot.

One of my favorite cycling benefits is that it allows you to break away from this monotony and venture somewhere novel.

Be adventurous and let the road be your guide.

I find it highly rewarding to jump on my bike and just see where the road takes me. It can be incredibly liberating—cycling with no particular place to go. If you notice a side-street, alley or lane that you were previously unaware of—take it and see where it leads.

The chances are you will discover entirely new areas, business, and architecture.

Furthermore, if you have the cycle to cope, go off-road. You’re not confined to the highways, there are a plethora of bicycle paths and tracks that take you away from the busy and traffic-congested town centers.

And, if you’re really adventurous, take a cycling vacation.

Whether remaining in the US or traveling worldwide, using a cycle is the ideal way to explore new cities, towns and countryside. It’s a perfect break for the whole family, and the steady pace of cycling means you’ll have more time to notice and enjoy these unfamiliar locations.

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Every Additional Cyclist Reduces Traffic by One Vehicle

In the USA alone, there are currently 273 million cars on the road. Scarily, that’s 1.3 motor vehicles for every American adult.

Switching from your car to your bike will reduce that number.

Ok, admittedly, that’s just one less vehicle. But it’s a start. Every single car that leaves our streets means a reduction in annual carbon emissions by 4.6 metric tons—a small but important boost for the environment.

Furthermore, taking your car off the highway means that somewhere, a traffic jam is now one car smaller.

Small steps, but this is how it begins.

When friends, colleagues and family notice your improved health, witness that you have more cash in your pocket, and discover that you’re an all-round happier person—they may be tempted to follow your example.

Additionally, you’ll be instilling the values of environmental awareness and thriftiness into your children—who will hopefully grow into adults with the same attitude.

As Steve Mariboli said,

When you are living the best version of yourself, you inspire others to live the best versions of themselves.

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Conclusion

In Part 1 of this article, I explored the phenomenal ways in which cycling can elevate mental and physical health while improving your social and family life.

But as you’ve just witnessed, the cycling benefits go much further than just wellbeing.

Jumping into the saddle has a positive effect on your bank balance—cutting out the mostly unnecessary costs of motor vehicle usage, slashing healthcare premiums, and reducing tax liabilities.

However, its merits go beyond personal gains.

Choosing to cycle helps the environment, boosts local businesses, reduces road congestion and gives your children an advantageous start to their lives.

Hence for the ultimate in individual and social benefits—get on your bike!

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