But now that the month is almost up, we want to encourage you new bikers to keep commuting. Though we’ve covered a lot of reasons why biking is awesome, here are just a few last-minute notes to inspire Monday’s commute:
- The Bicycle Commuter Tax Provision gives you a tax rebate for every month you take your bike to work. This money is intended to offset the costs of biking: helmets, maintenance, locks. They don’t do that for driving.
- Figuring out your route and riding it becomes easier over time, so don’t give up on it quite yet. I bet your commute is already quicker than it was May 1st, and your muscles more adapted to biking up those hills. These will only continue to improve.
- As the Bike to Work Commuter’s Booklet says: “The average annual price of keeping an automobile running: at least $3,000. The cost of running a bike for a year: less than $300. The joy of saving more than two grand this year: priceless.” This doesn’t even include the money you save on parking.
- You can join the League of American Bicyclists, which sounds epic and suitably impressive to drop at dinner parties.
- It gives you your daily exercise, adding up to better cardiovascular health. According to the League, “A 130-pound cyclist burns 402 calories while pedaling 14 miles in an hour. A 180-pound cyclist burns 540 calories while pedaling 14 miles in an hour.” This is how the average commuter lose 13 pounds in his/her first year of biking to work.
- Biking every day is proven to increase your performance and efficiency at work. Hello promotion!
- It’s way more fun than driving and dealing with city traffic.