Have you ever thought of riding to work on a cruiser bike?
Increasingly, more people are commuting on cruiser bikes every day, and there are good reasons why this trend is set to pick up speed. For instance, the US has in the last 17 years seen a 40% increase in the number of bicycle commuters. Of course, a majority of people are still driving to work. For a healthier less-expensive way to get to work, try riding your cruiser bike to work. I promise you will love the experience; and here’s why:
1. It’s Less Expensive than Driving
The ever-increasing fuel prices make owning and operating a car a costly affair. Besides the initial purchase price, a car guzzles more fuel than a bike. In fact, it is almost thirty times more expensive to own a car as opposed to owning a bike. With a bike, your maintenance and gas costs are much lower. You save even more since you won’t be stuck in traffic jams unlike those driving to work.
2. Riding a Bike Is Healthy
Cycling to work keeps you healthy and physically fit. It’s akin to having your own gym on wheels. Soon you will start losing those extra pounds as you bike to work. To lose weight, you need to lose more calories than you take in. An hour of cycling helps you burn between 400 and 1000 calories depending on your weight and riding intensity.
3. You Won’t Get Stuck in a Rush Hour Traffic Jam
Every day, drivers spend a lot of time in traffic jams. The beauty of commuting on a cruiser bike is that you will avoid traffic jams. It might take longer to ride to work, but you won’t be slowed down by traffic.
4. You Can Borrow a Friend’s Bike
If you don’t have a cruiser bike, you can borrow a friend’s or sign up with a bike-sharing program and pay to ride.
5. It’s a Healthier Alternative to Public Transportation
According to a study conducted by the University of Nottingham, taking a bus to work exposes you to six times more chances of contracting a respiratory infection. If on the other hand, you ride a cruiser bike to work, you have fresh air all by yourself, and you get to skip the infection too.
6. It’s Easy on the Environment
Commuting on a cruiser bike means fewer carbon emissions, and a greener, happier environment. Mother earth will be grateful to you for being kind to her, and you won’t be exposed to as many fumes as drivers are according to some studies.
7. You Will Never Have to Fight for a Parking Space Again
With a cruiser bike, you avoid the hassle of having to fight for a parking slot. Most companies are legally required to provide bike storage space.
8. Cycling Promotes Mental Well-Being
A YMCA study has shown that physically active people have a higher wellbeing score than inactive people. Besides, exercise releases endorphins, neurotransmitters that boost your mood to keep you happy. Cycling to work, therefore, promotes not only your physical but your mental health as well.
Riding a cruiser bike to work is both exciting and cost-effective compared to driving to work. The fun of not getting stuck in traffic and the opportunity to contribute to a safer, cleaner, greener environment makes cycling to work in a cruiser bike a noble task indeed. Besides, as you cycle along, the ripple effect on your health is manifested in a physically fit body. It’s like having a personal fitness centre on wheels. You also get to enjoy fresh clean air as you cycle to work under open skies.