Why Bikes Are Amazing (And Cars Are Trash)

What I’ll do here is thrash cars and praise bikes for all that I’m worth.

I’m gonna list five different reasons bikes are amazing.

If you want to read about a guy doing that, please continue.

1. Health

Biking is exercise, and one that doesn’t take up extra time if you replace your commute with it. If you bike 20 minutes to and from work 5 days a week, it adds up to more than 3 hours/week.

The study Domains of physical activity and all-cause mortality found that walking 300 minutes/week leads to 14% reduced risk of death – equal to multiple years added to your expected lifespan. 

Anyone who doesn’t already exercise multiple hours a day could benefit by biking bikes instead of sitting still in the car. So why don’t do it?

2. Happiness

Commutes are the worst. The feeling of stress, being stuck in traffic and being bored just aren’t fun. The study A Survey Method for Characterizing Daily Life Experience found that our commutes had the lowest rate of positive emotion of all activities in our life. Worse than shopping, housework and work.

Fortunately, we can solve this problem by using bikes:

  • There is almost no risk of traffic is you use bike paths
  • You get to be outside in fresh air, enjoying the world
  • To make it less boring, you could listen to music, a podcast or an audiobook. Listening to music while cycling is one of the most enjoyable things I can do.

3. Finance

A car costs a LOT. You have to pay for the car, the fuel, the maintenance, the insurance, the washing etc. And people change their cars every few year! All this compared to a good new bike, which just costs a couple hundred bucks. 

MrMoneyMustache calculated that the 10-year savings of switching to a bike from a car is as much as $93,432!

4. Productivity

Bikes can also save you time. For short travels, at least in my city, it’s usually faster to go by bike.

And if you aren’t already getting exercise, switching to a biking commute will probably improve your productivity at work. In the book Spark, John. J Ratey talks about students that increase their levels of PE get higher grades. And how workers that starts exercising improve their energy and focus

So even if biking takes 10 minutes longer, you’ll be so productive at work that you easily make that time back. 

5. Environment

According to the US Environmental Protection Agency,  “a typical passenger vehicle emits about 4.7 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year”. The car is the average american’s biggest contributor of greenhouse gasses, and eliminating your usage of it is the greatest change you can make. Bigger than switching to a meat-free diet, an electric car or low-energy lamps.

This compared to bikes, whose carbon footprint is close to zero.

Conclusion

I won’t argue that having a car is practical when traveling longer distances. But still consider those benefits against the benefits of biking: increased health, savings, happiness, productivity and help to the environment. 

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