Why you should consider biking to work

Have you ever thought about riding your bike to work instead of driving? While this probably won’t be practical if you live in the suburbs and work downtown in the city, but if the distance is 10 miles or less and there are dedicated bike lanes or wide sidewalks it might be something that you should consider. There are also several advantages that come with biking instead of driving to work that will benefit you and the environment. Here are some of the reasons I decided to park my car and drag my bike out of the back of my garage.

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Good source of exercise

 

Biking is a great way to get in your daily exercise, even if your route is completely flat. It will tone and firm thigh and calf muscles, and burn excess calories. Biking will also provide you with a full cardio workout, and this is always beneficial for your health. Riding a bike is also easy on your joints, unlike running or even speed walking.

 

 

Beneficial to the environment

 

If you’ve ever visited Mackinac Island in Michigan then you’ve seen how pristine the environment is, and noticed how fresh and clean the air is. Cars are not allowed on the island, instead everyone rides a bike to get around. Studies have conclusively shown that smog and other types of air pollution are mainly caused by vehicle emissions, and this is detrimental to the environment and your overall health. If you simply park your vehicle and start biking to work you can feel good that you are doing your part to leave a small carbon footprint on the environment.

 

 

Budget friendly

 

One of the main reasons I started biking to work, weather permitting, was that it is definitely easier on my wallet. Between gas and regular maintenance, driving was becoming an expensive luxury. That isn’t even taking into account toll and parking fees. Biking is basically free, even when you need to put air in your tires. Bike paths don’t come with toll booths, and there isn’t a fee to chain your bike to a rack. Even with gas prices dropping a gallon of gas is still well over a dollar in the States, and this quickly adds up. Maintenance on a bicycle is also significantly less expensive.

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Fun and less stressful

 

Riding a bike to work is fun, at least for me. I love feeling the wind in my face and I never have to worry about getting stuck in a traffic jam. This alone has significantly lowered my stress level, and I’m surprisingly more productive at work now that I always feel relaxed. Even though it is relatively flat where I live I still get to “fly” down some of the streets, and this makes me feel like a kid all over again. Trust me when I say once you’ve tried biking to work, you won’t ever want to be stuck in an enclosed vehicle again.

Becoming a Better Citizen of the Earth

 

The term Citizen of the Earth may sound a bit too vague, so I will try to explain it first. What I believe is that in order for life to continue on this planet, we need to pay more attention to preserving its species, especially those that are in danger. As someone who wants to become a better Citizen of the Earth, I strongly believe that this is the first amendment, and that at least something I want to do for as much and as long as possible.

There are many things one can do to become a better Citizen of the Earth, and I am striving to live my life according to the principles that derive from them. For instance, I am trying to minimize my waste and the consumption of energy. It is not only to save money on my monthly bills, but also because I believe that each person can bring their important contribution by doing something, even the smallest thing, every day.

 

What I want to talk about in my blog is how to protect habitats against invasive species, through traditional methods like hunting and fishing. Invasive species are a threat for biodiversity, because they practically take over the habitats of species that have been in their natural environment for hundreds, if not thousands of years.

Here are some of the invasive fish species in the US – Asian carp and Snakeheads

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Invasive species do a lot of harm, besides what can be seen at first glance. They can pollute the water, spread diseases and poison the earth. As a Citizen of the Earth, I believe it is my duty to do something about this. As global warming is affecting our planet more and more, dealing with invasive species will become mandatory. However, using methods that affect the habitat of native species is not a good idea. That is why hunting and fishing still remain the best ways of removing the invasive species from these habitats and reducing their impact.

A short video about the Asian carp problem:

The figures are quite scary. 50,000 non-native species are currently residing in the US, although not all of them are invasive. The damages caused by these invasive species cost our economy over 120 billion dollars each year. There is something anyone can do, in order to stop this silent invasion. We can all use our skills as hunters and fishers and reduce the number of specimens trying to take over the land, the water and the natural habitat of the old inhabitants of this world.