Did you know there are 100 million bicycles in the United States? Unfortunately most of them are sitting in garages, gathering dust and flat tires. I blame sixty years of car-centered transportation planning which have left us with an infrastructure that makes bicycling seem difficult or dangerous. Only 10% of all trips in the U.S. are on bicycle or on foot. During May and National Bike Month we can start to turn that statistic around.
Bicycling is easy to incorporate into your life. You can leave your car at home, get to a destination and be active at the same time. If you’ve ridden a bike before it’s just a matter of getting your balance back, and if not, there is not a steep learning curve. Bicycling doesn’t require a lot of expensive equipment (beyond a bike and a helmet). You don’t need a super fancy (or expensive) bicycle unless you are tackling hilly terrain. In many parts of the U.S. you can cycle year-round, and build it into your daily routine by cycling to work and to do errands. Most people can continue cycling into their 70’s and 80’s.
It’s also an activity you can participate in with the whole family.
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But, whether you bicycle for transportation, physical activity or pleasure, bicycling is a low-impact, aerobic workout that provides many health benefits and can be enjoyed throughout your entire life.