National Bike to Work Day is May 19, and advocates for more greener transportation are encouraging all who can to give up their cars for a day and commute exclusively with their pedals. Philadelphia especially has made a huge push for greener commutes either on your own bicycle or on one of the public bikes available for rent throughout the city. There are lots of good reasons why you should give up your gas guzzler in favor of a more sustainable vehicle.
Reduced Traffic. If you’re stuck in stop-and-go traffic, you’ll likely call your significant other to say “I’m stuck in traffic,” when in fact, you are the traffic. The fact that you, too, are in a car taking up space means that you’re contributing to the traffic that everyone on the road is experiencing. On a bike, though, you won’t be taking up the space your car does, so you won’t have to deal with the effects of the traffic you would have helped create. Fewer cars on the road means less traffic for everyone. Win win.
Save Money. As costly as gasoline is, you can save significant money by choosing to ride a bike to work. As the old saying goes, cars run on money and make you fat — bikes run on fat and save you money! Just make sure you pack some baby wipes and business clothes so you don’t make a big presentation drenched in sweat.
Much-needed You Time. Especially if your commute has a tendency to be trafficky, you might be starting your day way more stressed than you need to. Studies have demonstrated that spending more time in nature will literally help you destress and find more peace. So, if you need to start your day with less ajida, hop on your bike and pedal your way to some pre-work tranquility.
Let your subconscious do the leg work. Cognition studies have shown that often, walking or biking help people solve problems they’ve been stuck on for a while. If you push some of your pressing issues to your subconscious while you walk or bike, you might be able to figure out what’s been plaguing you while you’re focused on your bike ride.
See Your Neighborhood. If you’re whizzing by on your daily commute, you may have no idea what shops you pass, the landmarks you’re missing, or the hole-in-the-wall restaurant that may become your next favorite. Biking will give you the opportunity to view your neighborhood at a more leisurely pace.