Before we badgered out folks to teach us how to drive a stick shift car, all—if not most of us were itching to get on our very first bike and start learning how to drive a bicycle. We endlessly pleaded, bargained and negotiated to be taught how to get on a bicycle and traipse around the neighborhood in our two-wheeled vehicle. And until then, we have enormously neglected the many benefits associated with biking.
In the Philippine setting, most people would rather commute or drive to and fro from work. People seem to be under this erroneous impression that biking is saved for the staunch advocates of health and fitness activities that are in search for the best biking trails in the Philippines. With people’s perpetually busy lifestyles, rarely anyone has the time, opportunity nor the energy to bike to work. But with gas prices at an all-time high, you might just consider investing on your first bike as your primary vehicle. Apart from the obvious health benefits biking has, you would be doing our country favor you by significantly decreasing traffic and car-clogged roads in your daily commute.
Pecuniary reasons aside, there are so many reasons why you should drive a bicycle to work in lieu of a car, here are some of them:
YOU WOULD BE DOING MOTHER EARTH A FAVOR
It is a given that trading your car for a bike would be helping the environment vastly. Not only will you be saving money on gas, but this greener choice would mean your car would not have to guzzle gallon after gallon of gas thereby conserving resources. Additionally, you would be contributing to a cleaner and fresher air as biking significantly reduces air pollution.
FINANCING A NEW BICYCLE IS CHEAPER THAN MAINTAINING AN OLD CAR
Apart from the obvious that cars are significantly more expensive than even the best top of the line bicycles (never mind that you would be saving a lot of gas money as well), you would be saving more money when you invest in a new bicycle rather than maintain an old car. Old cars would need to be properly maintained yearly, and when you accumulate those expenses, you would have discovered you just spent a small fortune. For a well-made bicycle that, mind you, would outlast most cars, you would only need a few accessories for rain gear and lights which would make it practical for any season.
YOUR HEART WILL BE THANKING YOU
Cycling, by itself, already holds innumerable health benefits, but the biggest highlight of these health advantages is that you would be engaged in a very effective cardiovascular activity—one which your heart will be thanking you for. Depending on the bike trail or your riding style, you could easily burn six hundred calories through brisk cycling in an hour. Bike commuters have reported losing 15-20 pounds just in their first year of biking—even without changing their eating habits.
LOOKING FOR PARKING SPOTS WILL NO LONGER BE A HASSLE
As bikes are significantly smaller compared to cars, finding a parking spot will no longer encumber you especially if you are in a rush. It can easily be plopped anywhere and with the right security gear, you can keep it safe as well. Alternatively, there are also some foldable bicycle designs which would allow you to carry it with you should you want to keep a closer eye on it.
IT IS FASTER AS TRAFFIC JAMS WILL NO LONGER IMPEDE YOUR COMMUTE
I am not talking about the crazy antics some motorcycle and bicycle drivers practice. No, I am talking about breezing through a gridlocked traffic on rush hour and getting to your destination twice as fast than if you are stuck in traffic. With the Philippines growing more populous each and every year, it is inevitable that more people would be making their morning commute and clogging the roads. To avoid getting stuck there during the morning or evening rush, opt to take the bike instead.
So there you have it, the top reasons why you should be cycling instead of driving. Visit your local bike shop today and ditch the four wheels for a two wheel ride.