52040Cycling For The Good Of You And The Environment
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Article Title: Cycling For The Good Of You And The Environment
Author: Julie Peterson
Word Count: 520
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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
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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