Let's jump straight to the reasons!
1. Less Fuel Consumption
Bikes burn less fuel due to the smaller engine size. This saves money when purchasing fuel along with less harmful gases released in the air.
2. Less Fuel Imports
Importing fuel hurts the economy in a number of ways. The more we rely on importing oil the more vulnerable the economy becomes to recessions.
3. You Contribute Less to the Pollution
4. Costs Less than a Car
5. Save Time & Money in Maintenance
Two less tires to maintain, Two less brakes to take care of, One less headlight to repair, one less rear light to get fixed and this goes on and on.
It's almost half the maintenance of a car.
Also, not just the quantity of things to maintain is less but also the price of those things. The parts of a motorbike are about 3 times cheaper than the same parts of a car such as a tire.
6. Less Time, Energy and Water used in Cleaning
Bikes are almost 6 - 8 times smaller in their surface area as compared to a car. This takes less time, energy and water to clean them.
And when we're not washing and just casually removing the dust over the top, it is much easier.
7. Less Parking Fee & Space + Easy to Park
Less parking fee = Money saved
Less parking space = Smaller parking area required
In some countries, parking for bikes is subsidized to 0 in order to encourage people to choose bike more wherever it is easy.
How can we miss the struggle while parking a car? On the contrary, parking a bike is super easy.
8. Turning Radius
9. More Free Space on Roads
Although this photo is a comparison between bicycles and cars, we can see how much space cars take and if these cars were replaced by motorbikes it would save almost half the space on the roads. That means less traffic jams!
10. Less Cars with Three or More Empty Seats
When a man is driving a car alone, there are at least 3 seats empty.
Now this man is paying for the 3 seats, not just monetarily. It is understandable that the man might have a lot of money but the picture gets complete when we take into account the environmental cost being paid.
11. Reach your Destination Quicker
12. Simulates Riding a Horse and Connects us with our Ancestors
13. Helps Strengthen your Core Muscles
While riding a bike many muscle groups are active in low intensity for many different reasons like keeping the body straight, balancing and so on.
This is how riding a bike is slightly a healthier option.
Some Good Lifetime Investments to make on the Way
1. A Good Bikers Jacket
It will help keep your clothes away from dust and smoke. You'll feel more fresh and clean.
2. A Good Helmet
A helmet that ensures protection, is aerodynamic, has a high quality visor and has removable padding so it can be cleaned easily.
These little thingies doesn't let the dust or smoke pass inside your sleeves thus keeping your arms and torso clean. This will ensure you don't need to take bath after each ride.
While some may not consider bike as the safest option to ride with family, it is definitely better to ride a bike for single or double passengers for everyday commute.
Lastly, one might question Why am I seeing an article about bikes on a shoe store? That's because this is not just a shoe store, this is a thrift store that cares about the environment. In fact, the primary motivation of this thrift store is to make this planet a better place and increase our love and respect for nature.