Cycling has a different level of significance in different parts of the world. In Germany, bikes are very important means of transportation and in ‘bike cities’ (german: ‘Fahrradstädten’) like the one I live in, it’s not uncommon to even experience traffic jams on the bike lanes.
Admittedly, I wasn’t always a biker, partly because back home in Bulgaria we only used bikes when we were kids and we had no cars to drive around in (kinda sad when you think about it). I only discovered my love for cycling recently, when I got my late mother-in-law’s bike and started cycling to uni and back.
I live in the suburban part of town and my office is approx. 6km away. It takes me around 20 minutes to get there, given that I’m actually pretty fast. During the warm months of the year I cycle every day and in the winter around 2-3 times a week, depending on the weather conditions (if the weather’s really bad, I take the bus). I’ve never even considered trading my bike for a car and here are some of the reasons why:
1. I save a LOT of money.
Anyone who owns a car and pays for it themselves will know what I’m talking about. Having a car can cost you a lot, especially if you use it in the city. Bus tickets are pretty pricey out here too, and even though I do buy monthly tickets in the winter, the rest 8-9 months of the year I manage to save those extra 60€ a month.
2. It’s like 20 minutes of meditation before and after work
Sure, saving money is a nice advantage of cycling, but it’s not even the main reason I choose my bike over a car. Cycling to work gives me 20 minutes out on fresh air, with the wind blowing in my hair and my head just all cleared out (I do still pay attention to traffic though!). The ride home after work gives me time to calm down, leave any stress behind and just sort my thoughts out.
3. It’s GREAT cardio
I. hate. cardio. On most days I’d rather pull a truck with my teeth than run a couple of miles. I sometimes tend to forget that, but cycling to work and back provides me with 40 minutes of fast-paced cardio a day, which is enough to maintain a healthy lifestyle. And the best part? No need to do cardio after a workout, haha!
4. I’m more flexible in the city
A well known problem with driving a car is never knowing where to park (not to mention having to pay for parking). By bike you’re far more flexible – you can drive and park practically anywhere. Not to mention getting from A to B much faster than by car.
Those are my 4 main reasons for hopping onto the bike every morning. What are your thoughts on this topic? Are you a fellow biker or is this not really your thing? Maybe you have another innovative way to move around? Let me know in the comments below!