Posted by: emilybybike | June 9, 2010

So why go by bike?

It’s been over a month since I took on the challenge to go by bike, and while I still have a lot ahead of me in this challenge, I’m quickly realizing how many more reasons there are to go by bike than not.

Sure, it initially seems like a hassle – with finding a safe route, packing clothes to change into at work, finding a secure place to park your bike – but these are all little hurdles, once covered, turn into nothing at all. The route and parking question is a one-time thing – takes some work upfront, but once you get it sorted, it’s a breeze. So next is the changing questions. Yes, it requires some preparation and pre-planing the night before, but then in the morning, you don’t have to think, just grab your bag and when you get to work, there’s no staring blankly at your closet deciding what to wear. Easy.

I’m finding that going by bike is turning out to be less of a hassle than going by car or metro. No lines of traffic, no broken escalators or stuck trains, no crowds, no pot holes to wreck suspension, no time spent searching and paying for parking.

There’s a bigger impact too.  Going by bike is HEALTHY. On average – you can burn close to 500 calories / hour just pedaling between 12 and 14 mph. Amp the speed, amp the calories burned. Going by bike is GREEN. Going by bike is more energy efficient than going by, car, bus or even metro. Going by bike doesn’t use gas. Going by bike doesn’t need oil.

Yes, oil. It’s all over the news media. It’s all over the Gulf of Mexico. And if you are like me and want to help out in anyway you can – start going by bike. It won’t directly stop the leak, rescue oiled birds, or clean beaches, but it’s a statement. It’s telling yourself, your friends, your family, your community, your co-workers and maybe even your local politicians that you don’t need oil, you don’t need gas to get by in life. You’re concerned about the environment, you care about clean water and clean air, and you’re willing to make changes in your life to do that.

I’m lucky in that The Bike Lane chose me to take this challenge and has provided me with the tools to tackle it. I’m extremely grateful and am having a great experience changing my lifestyle to one primarily on two-wheels. And now – I hope if can start to see how going by bike can improve your life and your environment in so many ways, that you can join me on this challenge. Go by bike. You don’t have to drop your car completely, but perhaps just start with one day a week going car free, then add more as you like.

An awesome resource for this challenge is Trek’s 1 World 2 Wheels site. It lets you pledge weekly mileage and provides tools and tips for commuting.

So think about it – going by bike is changing my world view – see what it can do for yours!


  1. Very well written piece, you are inspiring me to ride to work at least 1 day a week

  2. You rock! I love reading your blog, Very inspiring! Keep it up girl!

  3. Thanks! And great to hear! Good luck with riding to work too, and please feel free to shoot me questions!

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