There are numerous reasons why I ride.
I ride to keep me sane. I ride to get crazy as well.
But the truth is: cycling makes me happy.
If it does NOT make you happy, ride some more. Happiness will eventually catch up with you.
Here is a list of reasons why I ride:
Cycling gives the rider the feeling of freedom. How does freedom feel? Imagine being grounded, you cannot go far, or you are prohibited to leave the area. But riding your bike, you can ride till you want. No limitations. No restrictions. All freedom. Go as far as you want. Pedal as long as you like. It’s all up to you. You have the freedom to do so.
Exercise. It pumps the heart, makes you sweat and develops your muscles. There is a long list of good benefits of cycling to our body. (When I was young, I thought if I biked often enough, I wouldn’t need to go to the gym… turns out it is true!)
Most Earth Friendly means of transportation. No fossil fuel burned. I saw a bike sticker which said: “Burn fat, not fuel.” The bike gets us from point A to point B in a given time so hooray for free transportation! Just relax when you arrive at your destination, change shirt, freshen up and you are ready and energized for your activity in Point B. Easy!!!
Traffic Buster– When you live in an area with terrible traffic, biking is the only solution. Living in Metro Manila can be hell sometimes for the traffic situation is really bad. Invest in a bike/ Ride your bike and you would be smiling on your way, instead of frowning in traffic.
Save on gas/ fare. Depends on how you normally go to places, either by car or cab/Grabcar or bus or train, imagine how much you get to save when you pedal it! My friend justified his “bike investment” to his wife by presenting an Excel file on how much he gets to save if he uses his bike. Personally, I save 200-300 pesos a day if I bike it. Not bad!
Faster than walking. I pedal very slow. My bike pace is the “pasyal mode” so I don’t sweat too much. Yet, even if I pedal very slow, biking is still faster than walking.
Should I write more? I believe you are convinced already. This article only strengthens our stand that biking is INDEED needed for a balanced society. If you are not yet biking, try it! Cycling will make you HAPPY.