Looking back to the 1800s when the first bike was made, bikes have been a very important part of our daily lives. But how are they changing our world? There are three big reasons that stand out to how they’re changing the world. Those three reasons are impacting our environment, transportation, and health.
Bikes are positively affecting the environment of our planet. An article by Davis Jonita says, “80 percent of the carbon monoxide in the atmosphere came from motorized vehicles that operate on gas and diesel. Riding a bike, however, contributes zero pollutants, a statistic that is definitely a pro for the environment.” In other words, bikes don’t give off any carbon at all. Plus, there’s no worry about finding a parking space for a bike, because it takes up less space and can be parked just about anywhere. According to an article from Biofriendly Planet Magazine, “cycling requires no gasoline and, therefore, no harmful vehicle emissions or smog are released into the air when a person is riding his or her bicycle. Bicycles require no gasoline, no antifreeze and don’t need many of the other fluids vehicles need to operate…if you don’t want to pay for gas but still need to get somewhere, ride a bike.” This way you pay less money to get from one place to another, and riding a bike these days makes you cool.
Secondly, bikes are affecting transportation in a positive way as well. According to WorldBicycle Relief talking about transportation in Africa, “before the buffalo bike, this four-kilometer journey would take twice as long on foot.” These people in Africa have to walk a four-kilometer journey every day which takes a very long and tiring time. But when they ride a buffalo bike, the journey is two times shorter than walking. Gliemann Jennifer writes, “bicycles saved workers’ time as well as providing them with freedom and greater independence, they could thus emancipate themselves from their employers and find a new job thanks to the mobility that bikes gave them.” In other words, when bicycles were first invented, it gave people the freedom and independence to ride and feel in control.
Finally, bikes are positively affecting people’s health. According to Mark Martin from his TedTalk about bikes, “students of ADHD or the adult version of it suffer, well, terrible attention problems. But when you ride a bike, you don’t.” He was talking about how people with ADHD can struggle to walk and move, but when they ride a bike, they instantly peddle fast in circles. From the article Treehugger by Lloyd Alter “when people say cycling is dangerous, they’re wrong. Sitting down—which is what most of the population does far too much of—that’s the thing that’s going to kill you.” He meant that getting on a bike and riding will get you stronger, but just sitting down on your couch can make you unhealthy, which could lead to death—so riding a bike is healthier than being lazy all day long. It would be a lot healthier to ride a bike and get outside than being on the couch, because if everyone stays on the couch then it could lead to death or worse even.
In general, bikes are changing the world by helping us every day—whether that’s with our health, transportation, or even the environment. They are a reliable machine that everyone needs in their daily lives. If bikes were never invented, everyone would rely more on cars and buses. In conclusion, bikes really are an important part of our lives and society should make sure that everyone doesn’t stop riding a bike.