Bicycles can change the world in many ways. One of which is the health benefits that it can bring. Studies such as Cycling for transport and public health: a systematic review of the effect of the environment on cycling have proven in many ways that the bike should be your main source of transportation.
The first topic I’ll be talking about is how cycling can increase your mental and physical health enormously. Cycling can help reduce urban air pollution, the increase of physical inactivity, and the burden of chronic non-communicable diseases. Many tests have proven that cycling decreases risk of cardiovascular problems, hypertension, diabetes, obesity, certain cancers, musculoskeletal and mental health problems, and respiratory disease.
Another benefit of cycling is transportation. For one car payment, you can buy a well made bike, it will likely last a while. It’s cheaper and easier to finance. When you use a car to get to work or school, you’re polluting the air. Air pollution has been rising—and that just doesn’t exist with bikes. When cycling, you save taxpayer money—you wear down the road much less than a two ton car. Every cycle on the road amounts to money saved from having to patch potholes in our streets. You can literally save thousands of dollars a year using a bicycle for transportation instead of a car.
Bikes also have huge environmental benefits. It’s simple. Bikes use no gas and a lot less energy than a car. They also don’t require toxic batteries or motor oil. An SUV produces 1.7 tons of CO2 every year. Bikes produce 0. Every car pollutes the air much more than you would think. During a cars’ lifetime, it will produce 1.3 billion cubic yards of polluted air. It also shoots and scatters and additional 40 pounds of tire plastic, brake debris, and worn road surface into the atmosphere. Cycling significantly reduces travel emissions, while at the same time, slimming traffic congestion and the need for petroleum.
Overall, these are all the reasons why biking is a much better mode of transport than cars. It saves you money, it saves your life in some cases, and it saves our world. Biking is the best solution to travel and taking a step to clean out pollution from our earth.