Benefits of Cycling

ASSUMED as the most efficient means of transportation, bicycles allow people to go anywhere without using batteries or engine oil. It also helps people improve their fitness as well as to reduce the contamination of environment.

Cars have become the primary means of transportation all over the world but numerous difficulties have spawned—such as road congestion, energy consumption, pollution,vehicular accidents—as they dominate most roads. One effective way of reducing these undying conflicts in urban areas is through cycling or basically biking.

The number of cyclists in the Metro area has been noticeably growing, for living in a car-centric location repeatedly includes hazards. To prove that it is a brilliant way to lessen the complexities brought by cars, here are the other benefits of cycling:


Cycling requires less energy consumption

According to researches, the energy and resources required to build a medium-sized car could produce 100 bicycles. 40% of the oil in the United States are used by cars and SUVs.

For a year, switching from an average car to a 13 mpg SUV could waste more energy than leaving a refrigerator door open for six years, a bathroom light burning for 30 years, or a colored TV turned on for 28 years. Fuel efficiency of the average pickup has also declined from 19.2 miles a gallon in the 1987 model year to 16.8 miles a gallon today.

An average SUV currently gets 17.8 miles a gallon as average cars consumes 24.8; even those averages do not count the biggest vehicles that weigh more than 8500 pounds. Like the Hummer and other giant sport utilities, the biggest pickups average little more than 10 miles a gallon.


Bicycles retain proper functionality without high maintenance

Maintaining a bike annually costs twenty times less than maintaining a car. There are about one billion bicycles in the world–more than the double amount of cars. If trips made by walking and bicycling increase from 12% to 15%, the world could save 3.8 billion gallons of fuel every year. It can also reduce greenhouse and gas emissions by 33 million tons per year.


Cycling lessens road congestion

Eight billion gallons of gas a year could be saved if commuter cars in US would carry one more person. Traffic congestion also wastes three billion gallons of gas every year, but it’s not possible to save energy by reducing congestion, considering that every attempt of facilitating traffic simply results to worse congestion.

Research has shown that a tripling number of bike riders on street can reduce motorist-bicyclist accidents in half. Over the past 30 years, bicycle delivery services have developed into an important industry, especially in cities, where the couriers have earned a reputation for their high speed and traffic-weaving skills.


Cycling reduces contamination of environment

Cars are one of the main causes of environmental conflicts such as air pollution today. According to researches, from foams and plastics used in its seats to petroleum used in its tires, each car emits pollution.

In 2008, US produced 1.6 million billion metric tons of waste for automotive production. Painting and coating of cars also produce 40 million pounds of air releases and 24 million pounds of hazardous wastes. Metals used to produce vehicles were also mined from the earth which can destroy landscapes, as it often causes deforestation. Contamination of water sources is one of the most serious results of mining.


Cycling keeps your body active

Also, cycling is a sure way to keep your body active and healthy while having fun; it’ll help you lose weight, reduce stress and improve your fitness. Cycling three hours or 30 kilometers per week could halve your risk of heart disease and strokes, and if you are cycling steady, you can burn 500 every hour. It also leads cyclists to eat the right food that affects their performance; it is highly important for them to maintain properly balanced nutrients in their body.

It is very unfortunate that although these cycling benefits exist, for there are still no satisfactory rules to run the use of bicycles appropriately in Metro areas—this could partly explain the number of cycling-based accidents in most roads. ELSHA MAE ROBLES

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