When it’s possible, biking to work is a great way to improve your health and the environment. For shorter distances of travel, a bike can be more efficient and can save you some time and money.
Evaluating your travel plan
If you’re the only passenger in your car, you can access tasks and errands that require a shorter distance more easily via bicycle transportation. Bikes are community-building exercises, where you’re not shut out from the people around you and can interact freely. Plus, you won’t have to worry about find parking close to where you’re going since you can lock your bike nearby. Here are some of the health, environmental and economic benefits of riding a bike to work:
- The EPA demonstrates that the average passenger car emits about 4.6 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide each year. If you can even ride your bike one day a week to work, you can drastically reduce your yearly emissions.
- The cost-efficiency of owning and riding a bike is a vast improvement in comparison to a motor vehicle. The cost of repairs is often low, where basic maintenance and parts replacement can be done yourself.
- The cardiovascular benefits of aerobic exercise are widely known. Daily bike usage can improve your heart health and help you to both feel better and reduce your risk of heart disease.
- Bikes allow more individual users to travel on a given road than the amount of space taken up by motor vehicles with single drivers.
Remaining safe while on the road
Despite the many benefits of bike use, many areas of Los Angeles aren’t set up to protect the safety of bicyclists. A collision with a motor vehicle can result in catastrophic injuries. If you or your loved one was injured by a motorist while riding your bike, you need an attorney experienced in motor vehicle accidents and personal injury to fight for the compensation you deserve.