By choosing to bike regularly instead of drive or even take public transportation, you’ll lower your commuting costs, avoid the use of non-renewable resources for fuel, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. You might even give your co-workers and neighbors a good idea. Walking to work has similar physical and environmental health benefits, but biking is much speedier—a plus for any morning trek.
There are emotional bonuses to biking, too. Sure it’s important to be a part of the transportation solution, but it’s also fun. It’s a stress buster, a strength builder, and generally feels great to be outside.
Some countries, cities, and towns are more bike-friendly than others, and as a result, more people bike. For example, in Portland, Oregon nearly 3.5 percent of people bike to work which is a whopping eight times the national average in the U.S. While in the world's most bike-friendly city, Amsterdam, 38 percent of all vehicle-based trips were taken by bike!
Bonus: a tax credit may be available through your employer for workers who bike to work regularly.
Maintain your bike and gear regularly. Make sure you have bad weather gear and a pouch for your laptop, lunch, or other stuff; it’s hard to balance wearing a backpack and riding.
Plan out a safe and pleasant route with the least amount of traffic--even if it adds a few minutes to your commute.
Always wear a helmet.