9 Motivational Reasons To Ride Your Bike

BikeMonth2016-logoYou’ve probably realized by now that May is Bike Month! On the blog we’ve written about local events and bike basics, but have you actually gotten on a bike? No? Gasp! Here are 9 reasons why you should get into the saddle today:

1. Biking is physical fitness. Duh.
Doesn’t get simpler than this: biking is good for you. According to NutriStrategy, a relaxing bike ride (<10 mph) burns more calories than an easy walk. Men’s Fitness

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2. Biking is also mental fitness.
A review published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine found that exercise plays a huge role in preventing the onset of depression later in life. Bicycling

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3. Save the environment.
A bike commute, paired with walking or mass transit, helps remove one more single-occupancy vehicle off the road.

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4. Learn and explore your city.
Having a bike is handy for heading downtown to check out museums, restaurants, art, etc. Basically, biking makes you more cultured. Oaks and Spokes

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5. Strut your stuff.
Biking is all about looking good in your bike gear. Kidding! All jokes aside, here’s a guide on what to wear while you ride: Bike League

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6. Find your zen.
While we can’t promise that another biker won’t cut you off, we think adopting a bike commute might help with road rage. Check out our local trails here: GoSmart

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7. Influence change in your community.
You can help make a difference in pedestrian and bike resources by becoming involved. Check out how you can help in Durham: Durham Bike/Walk Plan

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8. Enhance your vocabulary.
One unexpected benefit to biking? All the new lingo! We can’t wait for your to find your cadence on your steed – but don’t forget your brain bucket! Greatist

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9. Meet new people! 
Biking is all about community. And so is the Triangle! Want to get started? Find your bike commute buddy using our new ride share matching system: YouTube

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As always, follow us on social media:  FacebookTwitter, and Instagram! Join in on the Bike Month conversation using #GoSmartBike.

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