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A recent study was done by Deloitte, one of the world’s largest consulting firms highlights the critical role that bicycles will probably play in the coming years in reducing traffic congestion and improving urban air quality and health, especially in cities as they become more populated.
More and more people are expected to look for a bicycle that best matches their needs. Overall, Deloitte predicts that by 2022, the number of people in many major cities around the world who will be cycling to work will double.
It becomes even more critical to take future population growth into account, especially in cities whose transport systems are already at their limits. The study says that by 2050 an additional 2.5 billion people will be living in cities. In case that proves to be true, the world would strive for the way to minimize car usage and here bicycles would come to rescue.
In this article, we will look at the benefits and top reasons you should drop a car today and get a bicycle
Cycling Has Many Benefits
You definitely have heard many times that cycling has countless advantages. But the brilliant impact of cycling on health is so diverse that it deserves more detailed observation. Maybe learning more about the advantages of riding a bike can be a changing point in your life and from now on you will try to cycle whenever and wherever possible? Let’s see.
Below are a few of the full range of benefits of cycling.
Benefits For Health
This group of benefits is probably the first one that comes to mind. Cycling indeed can be extremely good for health.
When riding a bike, one works on muscle building and on endurance performance. Experts also say that cycling has a good impact on blood pressure and vessels. That is not a secret that exercises like cycling also help to lose extra weight and thus they result in heart function improvement.
Finally, cycling is proven to reduce stress and improve sleep. Many cyclists also claim that when riding endless roads they feel that this process clears their mind and improves mood.
For The Sake Of The Environment
Not only for your own health but for the sake of nature and the whole world you should consider cycling. The fewer cars are running, the fewer exhaust fumes are coming out – the better for the planet. And it is not only about gases, but it is also about poisonous liquids cars require and the noise they make.
You may have thought that saving the world from environmental disaster is too huge of a problem to be solved with your actions, however, you may always start with riding a bicycle at least a couple of times a week instead of driving a car.
Buying and maintaining a car is incomparably more expensive than riding a bicycle. And here come your economical benefits from dropping a car. Just imagine: no insurance payment, no compulsory regular maintenance, (almost) no parking fees, and no need for garage. Add then that cycling is a way to substitute regular gym training and you will exclude gym membership from the list of your regular expenses.
Cycling also may help to economize time, because you do not spend that much time in traffic as you do with a car.
Social Life Matters
Riding a bicycle is a good way to spend time on your own along with your thoughts. However, some people enjoy group riding with family and friends. There are even clubs of cycling enthusiasts where you may find people with whom you would have mutual interests.
Another way to get acquainted with new people is by taking part in cycling competitions. By the way, maybe I have watched too many romantic movies, but when riding a bike you always have a nice chance to come across someone special in a romantic place like Central Park.
Cycling improves navigation skills and helps to learn local roads faster. That might be an advantage when you just moved somewhere.
Also, cycling is a great way to explore new areas when traveling. You may move along new streets with pleasure and with a faster pace. You may get to explore more of the area feeling less tired.
Another practical advantage of riding a bike is that you may store your bike at bus stations because many of them have special places for bikes.
Better, Faster, Stronger
We already discussed that cycling improves physical wellness. It is also proven that riding a bike can reduce risks of getting injured while performing other sports activities. All in all, those who cycle tend to be strong and hardy and more capable of overcoming obstacles.
Riding a bicycle can change your overall vision of life. When on the bicycle, one may become more adventurous, passionate, and self-sufficient.
Cycling may also teach one to stay hungry for seeing new places. And when riding millions of roads one may learn to note the beauty of the surrounding world.
To Sum Up
These are just some of the top reasons why you should include cycling in your regular habits and daily routine.
So drop your car and get on your bike and go out into the world to explore, make an environmental difference, and improve your general well-being.