Saturday, May 11, 2013

Save Money, Save the Environment, Bike to work!

National Bike Month - May 2013
In celebration of National Bike Month, I want to highlight some of the benefits of this method of travel for commuters.  First, the most obvious related to this blog's theme, is the financial benefit.  Biking to work saves you money on gas, wear and tear on your car, as well as money typically spent on parking permits.  In addition, a lot of companies and schools offer financial incentive to those who bike, translating to higher paychecks overall.  What might not be so obvious is that you can also save money on car insurance, because less miles driven = cheaper insurance.  And, biking can reduce commute times by preventing you from getting stuck in traffic.  As they say, "Time is Money."

In addition to the obvious financial savings, biking to work is also a good stress reliever and low impact exercise tool for those too busy to fit in a workout any other time.  If these benefits weren't enough, also think of the benefit to the environment, less cars on the road translates to lower CO2 emissions.  Since roughly 40% of Americans commute less than five miles to work, biking is totally feasible.  If you aren't sure whether biking is for you, take a ride during this National Bike Month and see how you like it!  If you already do, leave a comment below to encourage others to try!


  1. Big cities will often have some type of Share-a-Bike program. I know Denver has a great one!

  2. Yes, the last person was correct. Denver has a good program called "Denver Bike Share." Very convenient.