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52040Cycling For The Good Of You And The Environment

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  • Julie Peterson
    Nov 1, 2007
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      Article Title: Cycling For The Good Of You And The Environment
      Author: Julie Peterson
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      Cycling Gains New Popularity

      Cycling is gaining popularity in many parts of the country for
      good reason. Gas prices are going up and many people now bike
      short distances instead of driving to get around. They do this
      either to save money or to save the environment. Many people
      already find cycling to be a fun way to get exercise. As gas
      prices go up, more and more people will realize that they can
      help themselves and help the earth at the same time if they
      switch to bicycling.

      Cycling, far from being a past time of the poor, has mostly
      been a past time of the well paid. One estimate of commuter
      cyclist's income showed an average of $60,000 a year. Many
      cities across the country are now planning ahead for a potential
      future energy crisis and are making themselves more cycle
      friendly. They are adding bike lanes, bike racks, bike garages,
      and even bike dedicated streets. These cities with foresight
      will be more ready in the event that gas prices suddenly shoot
      up to the point where many people can not afford to commute to
      work in a car.

      In heavy commuter traffic, cyclists actually find themselves
      getting to their destinations faster than their car commuter
      brethren. In some areas it is not legal for a bike to pass on
      the right, so check the local bike laws before you take this
      speedy shortcut through commuter traffic.

      Cycling and Exercise

      Not only is it a great choice for transportation, but cycling
      also has other benefits. One of the best ways to exercise, and
      among the most popular, cycling allows you the option of
      enjoying your surroundings while you exercise. Good for
      cardiovascular health as well as helping with balance and
      coordination, cycling helps maintain a healthy weight. Thirty
      minutes of cycling per day cuts the risk of heart disease in
      half. In addition, cycling increases strength and improves
      strength. As with any exercise, cycling promotes good mental
      health as well by its effect of giving you an overall sense of
      well-being.

      Important Things to Know

      Setting your bike up for commuting or shopping is different
      than setting it up for traveling or racing. You need sturdy
      tires that can handle all kinds of weather, especially if you
      live in any area other than the desert. You need some good bags
      to hold things or a bike trailer. You need lights in case you
      stay out too late and it gets dark. Although many cities do not
      require helmets for adult bike riders, it is a good idea to
      protect yourself with one.

      Some say that cycling is more dangerous than driving, citing
      this as a reason that they choose to drive rather than cycle.
      But actually, as millions of Americans have been discovering,
      cycling is a great alternative to driving. In fact, figures
      suggest that cycling is only fifty-five percent as dangerous per
      hour as traveling in a car. Of course, wearing the right gear
      while cycling, as discussed above, is important.


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