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Biking Is The Way To Go!

As an avid cyclist, I would like to tell you to ditch your car and take your bike out to work, school or wherever you may be going. I occasionally drive to school when I have to lug my saxophone or a myriad of props for presentations but otherwise, I usually don’t bother taking the car. I realized many changes to my well-being and my outlook on life when I started cycling. Here are 5 reasons why I would ditch my car for a bike!

It’s Great For The Environment!

Bicycles have no emissions and therefore don’t cause any pollution during my daily commute. In addition, the manufacturing footprint is smaller when compared to a car because bikes are produced with less material. Also, bikes don’t burn gasoline; which likely caps the demand on petrol.

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You Will Become Healthier!

You can burn up to 600 calories depending on how you ride and your local road conditions. It also improves your physical and mental health by increasing your cardiovascular fitness, muscle strength and flexibility. It’s AWESOME!

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It’s More Economical To Bike.

I am still a student, and that means I’m strapped for cash. Bikes are cheaper to maintain, cheaper to repair and you’ll never have to pay for gas or parking. They also reduce road wear because they are so much lighter than cars. Enough Said!

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You Are More Productive At Work!

Your productivity increases by 15% if you exercise before work. Cyclists also live an average of two years longer than non-cyclists and take 15% fewer sick days. A Swedish study shows that physically fit employees commit 27% fewer errors on tasks involving concentration and short-term memory. 

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It’s A Great Social Activity!

In my experience when I ride my bike, I’m able to interact with other commuters as I go about doing my commute. I don’t have to stay within the confines of my car and traffic. I get to enjoy the breeze and feed off the energy from other bikers. It doesn’t get any better than that for me!

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Biking Is The Way To Go!
Lawrence Cheung is a writer at INKspire. He's currently an undergrad student in Carleton University's Political Science Program.