This week’s Tuesday Tip is bicycling as an inexpensive mode of transport. Have I mentioned that I love my green, Raleigh Comfort bike? Probably, right?
Tip # 3: Bicycle your way to the grocery store, save money and lose inches!
Why Cycling is Frugal
- When gas prices were hovering around $5.00 per gallon here in sunny Los Angeles, I bought myself a bicycle. My trips to Starbucks, the grocery store, and even the bank were all under 2 miles. I saved money on filling up my Honda with gas less often -and smiled to myself as I rode past the gas stations. (I love my Honda, but it’s not very fuel efficient 🙁 ).
- Pedaling my way around town, I realized I didn’t have to spend the extra time working out. I was never a gym-goer, I like being outside more often than not. However, I saved time in the evenings by getting in my exercise while completing an errand. Save time, save money – bike!
- Fit people cost our health care system less money. Cycling not only strengthens your legs, but your heart as well. And, heart disease is the number one killer among humans.
- You don’t have to pay for parking. Biking to school saves me over $300 on parking permits. Whoo-hoo!
Cycling is Good for the Environment
- When you pedal, there’s no petroleum based byproduct to worry about. You are conserving petroleum, reducing your emissions, and getting fit all at the same time.
- If you worry about the amount of energy that went into making your bike, you can always purchase a used one. That’s one of the great things about bicycles, their simple, but effective, design. A good tune-up and some new tires on a used bike and you’re ready to go.
Do you ride your bike? Does your city make it easy for you to do so? Do you ride offensively or defensively? How many of you ride weekly?