Friday, 13 January 2017

The ultimate guide to the benefits of biking

A couple of months ago, this blog looked at the virtues of 'green transport':

There was reference to a piece from some time before - but which still speaks volumes about what we could be doing and why:

12 reasons to use a bicycle for transportation

Economic instability and climate change are just two of many reasons riding a bike is an excellent alternative to driving.

CHRIS BASKIND March 18, 2010

We've always taken the greenness of bike transport as a given. But if you're just getting started — or perhaps trying to convince an employer that bicycle commuting is a good thing — we've rounded up a dozen reasons to leave that car in the driveway and start covering pavement on two wheels. Let's ride!

Here is the first bit from an excellent piece  from the Biking Expert:

Ultimate Guide To The Benefits Of Biking

December 16, 2016

The major part of the worldwide cities is noisy, polluted and uninhabitable. The main cause? Vehicle traffic. Traffic that literally paralyzes the vast majority of the urban centers, increases harmful emissions of greenhouse gasses and produce noise pollution, not to mention the significant economic disbursements and increasing stress level it causes.
The fact is that in the rush societies we live in we tend to use the car even for the most simple tasks, such as taking short trips to the mall or driving through the city during a warm spring afternoon, to relax after work. Most of the times we find ourselves stuck up in traffic, waiting in long queues at the traffic lights or struggling to find a parking space, but we often don’t realize how many resources we consume when choosing four wheels over more practical and environmentally friendly transportation means.
In fact, getting behind the wheel translates in spending a lot of fossil fuel, thus causing environmental pollution, spending a lot of money on fuel, thus reducing the economic availability and increasing the stress level, causing health issues and further financial loss.
For all those reasons reminded above it is essential to return to a more sober and healthier lifestyle. And the best thing to do, if using public transportation doesn’t appeal to you, is to start cycling.
Cycling has many advantages. It is healthy, accessible, fun, cheap, environmentally friendly and efficient from an energetic standpoint. If you need more reasons, read this Ultimate Guide To The Benefits Of Biking to find out why you should ride a bike instead of driving a car.


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