Why I’m a Bicycle Commuter

After a break of about 7 years, a few months ago I started riding to my various jobs. It’s a 40km return ride to the city and back, including over 400 metres of climbing. With a young family, at the moment it’s the best way to get a good amount of riding in. When I tell people that I ride to work I get a mix of responses. Well this morning I came across this post by a fellow cyclist and coffee drinker which sums it up well…

M J Butterworth

I used to have a simple answer whenever someone asked me why I’m a bicycle commuter: I don’t have a car. But since I married into car-ownership this succinct albeit incomplete reply has become inaccurate, which has caused me to reflect on why I still prefer cycling to driving.  I’ve come up with 7 reasons so far.

1. Riding a bicycle is fun. I know some people really enjoy driving, but I find it an arduous means to an end. Somes days cycling is the best part about going to work.

2. Riding a bicycle is good exercise. The typical American lifestyle inevitably leads to obesity and other health problems. Commuting by bicycle is a great way to stay healthy, especially for people who don’t have time or money for a gym membership.

3. Riding a bicycle is cheap… comparatively.  You can buy a great bicycle for the price of a really awful…

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