The “Cool” Way To Commute – By Bike

Towards the end of the summer, I moved. That move lowered my commute from 7.5 miles to about 2.5 miles. As a result, I thought I would consider biking (rather than driving). [Note: I know that 7.5 miles is actually still a short enough distance to commute by bike, but because of the bends/curves/hills, I wouldn’t have felt safe commuting by bike.] There is no shortage of hills on my commute by bike (as it is), but because I’m on hardly used roads, I feel much safer.

I’ve been commuting by bike for 5 weeks now and I rather enjoy it! I’ve only driven in a couple of instances (last-minute!) and taken the bus a couple of times, too. For the most part, I’m riding to and from. One of the best parts about commuting by bike — it forces you to exercise. There are some days when you “don’t feel like going to the gym,” (even though you had planned on it), but with a bicycle being your main method of commuting, you’re forced to exercise. There’s also the whole environmental aspect (pollution of the car, etc.).

In my experience commuting by bike, I can see some of the : weather (it’s why I’ve taken the bus a couple of times), helmet hair, storage (I carry it on my back!), and maybe worst of all — wardrobe. While I’ve seen pictures of people who do, I don’t know how comfortable I would be cycling in a three-piece suit. And depending on the weather, there can be a bit more perspiration. But there are a number of pros, too: fresh air, no traffic, exercise, and saving on gas!

If you’re thinking about changing the way you commute, I hope you consider cycling.

Published by Jeremiah Stanghini

Jeremiah's primary aim is to provide readers with a new perspective. In the same vein as the "Blind Men and the Elephant," it can be difficult to know when one is looking at the big picture or if one is simply looking at a 'tusk' or a 'leg.' He writes on a variety of topics: psychology, business, science, entertainment, politics, history, etc.

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