I figure I’ll be speaking at length about my experience as a bike commuter on this blog.
But today I want to talk about BIKING as THE ULTIMATE (SELFISH) ALTERNATIVE FORM OF TRANSPORT.
Biking cannot be a reality for every single person. I am lucky to be able-bodied and live in relatively flat city with incredible weather. I wish we had more systems in place to make biking more convenient and less terrifying for everyone, everywhere. We know that biking is great for our community, economy, and planet, but let’s be real here, it’s hard to stick with anything unless it benefits yours truly. For those of you who have been toying around with the idea of becoming more than just a weekend biker, I present to you my list of some amazing self-serving benefits of biking.
The Awesome Selfish Side of Biking
- No ifs, ands, or butts – I have to get places and I have to get there at a certain time. I used to set my alarm early to work out in the morning but usually would snooze til I needed to rush out the door. Now I have no choice but to wake up and get a great workout before I’ve even really started my day. I don’t have to fight myself to get the motivation to do this form of butt-whittling…and, what a coincidence, I HAVE to get another great workout later on my ride home.
- Alertness and Energy – Basically there are dangers everywhere – cars, car doors, pedestrians, other bikers, street debris, the occasional bloodhound. Biking makes you incredibly aware of the roads. A sideeffect of having to be insanely alert is additional energy. Instead of zoning out like I used to in a car, I have to have my head on a swivel with my brain in hyperdrive and my reaction time at its peak. I feel AWAKE and ALIVE after a trek on my bike.
- No more headaches – I’m never stuck in traffic! It’s no secret, the traffic in LA is awful. No more just hanging out on everyone’s favorite parking lot- the 405. Even better, if I’m running late I can DO SOMETHING about it. I can pedal faster! How empowering!
- Fun – Biking is fun! It’s like when we were kids, we would just ride our bikes around the neighborhood for FUN! I don’t know what it is about making a machine move with your body, but it feels fantastic and playful! I swear I’m infinitely happier just from my daily ride endorphins.
And when I say selfish, I mean it’s just about the best thing you can do for yourself, your community, and your world. Ride on!