I just moved to my own apartment (about time, I’m 26).
This means I won’t always have access to my mom’s car anymore, which means I need something to get from A to B.
So…. I bought myself a bike, a Trek 7.2 FX:
I am LOVING it.
I haven’t owned a bicycle since my early teens and since I got a drivers license 9 years ago I have barely touched one.
I’m pretty fascinated with my new bike and I thought of some great benefits it has compared to a car.
Obviously many people really do need a car. They need to commute long distances every day, drive their kids to school, bad climate, etc. etc.
But for those who don’t, here are 6 reasons to ditch your car for a good bicycle:
1. You Will Save Money. Lots of it.
Cars cost a fortune and maintaining them can be even more expensive.
At first, you need to pay a hefty amount of cash to buy it (or get a car loan, even more expensive down the line). Second, you need to constantly spend money on gas, insurance, new tires and repair.
You can get a great bicycle for a fraction of the cost of a mediocre car, and maintaining it is so cheap that it isn’t even comparable.
A years worth of maintenance for a bicycle might add up to 2-3 weeks worth of gas for a car.
Basically, you save money. Big money.
2. You Will do Cardio Every Day.
I can tell you right now that I hate doing cardio. Hate it.
The only type of cardio I enjoy is walking, and for some reason I constantly manage to put it at the bottom of my priority list.
With my bike, I am forced to use it because otherwise I’m stuck at home. Cycling is a decent cardio workout, especially when going fast.
This will improve your endurance, your heart health and overall well being. It will also burn a few calories, if that’s your thing.
3. Your Legs Will Get Strong.
When cycling, you’re using power generated in your legs to propel yourself forward.
Depending on your speed, the evenness of the terrain, direction of the wind and whether you go up hills or not, cycling will require you to engage the muscles in your legs.
Your quadriceps will get a decent workout, as well as the hamstrings, glutes and calves.
4. You Will See More of Your City.
One of the main things I enjoy about cycling is the fact that I get to see way more of the city than I used to when driving. Instead of having one or two options for the best way to get from A to B, I have dozens.
This means I see places I never would have in the car.
5. If Travelling Short Distances, You Might Even be Quicker.
I’m pretty lucky with where my apartment is located. It is close to the gym, the pool, the mall and my school so I never have to travel very long distances.
I didn’t expect this would be the case, but I actually get there much faster on the bike, especially if there’s a lot of traffic on the street.
6. Good For The Environment.
Honestly I’ve never paid much attention to what I’m doing to the environment. I know that it’s important but it definitely doesn’t keep me up at night.
If you care about the environment, then rest assured that you’re doing the right thing by parking your car. Bicycles don’t pollute. At all.
Maybe I’ll Change my Mind
I live in Iceland.
The summers here are awesome. Warm. Bright. Sunny. As good as it gets.
The winters are… well, not as awesome. Not as awesome at all.
Chances are that I will change my mind about all this when the winter comes. Maybe you’ll see a “6 reasons not to use a bicycle” in November.