Bicycling is gaining worldwide popularity in promoting healthy lifestyle as well as resolving traffic congestion.
Oldenburg, Germany -- (SBWIRE) -- 03/13/2014 -- With the increasing petroleum price, traffic congestion and pollution, a lot of Nations lead to bicycling as an alternative form of transportation. Commuting using bikes takes half the time spent on driving or riding cars to get to your destination. According to a research done by Citroen, driving for 30 minutes on rush hours gets you just an average of 7mph while cycling can get you as far as 12-15mph with the same time.
Bicycles are also favoured for its efficiency. Parking space for a single car can accommodate 20 bicycles. A single car can carry 5 people at most whereas bikes can transport 20 people using the same space on the road. U.S. Department of Transportation is currently offering funding opportunities to help expand transportation choices and enhance the transportation experience through surface transportation, including pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure and safety programs. This is a huge step in creating a bicycle friendly environment. Transport Enhancement activities highlight provisions of facilities for pedestrians and bicycles, provision of safety and educational activities for pedestrians and bicyclists as well as Landscaping and other scenic beautification to make bicycling pleasurable.
Less Carbon Footprint
Bike produces zero pollution as it is powered by human force. How about exposure to pollution itself? According to a study carried out by Imperial College London, researchers found that passengers in buses, taxis and cars inhaled substantially more pollution than cyclists and pedestrians. This is due to cycling lanes that are at the edge of roads. Drivers and passengers are directly in the line of exhaust smoke.
Plus it only takes 5% of materials, spare parts needed and energy used to make a car to build a bike, a better way to conserve Earth’s resources.
Cycling offers major health benefits. According to a recent study by Stratford University School of Medicine, cycling for 20-30 minutes everyday increases sleep time by an hour for insomnia sufferers. The time required to fall asleep was reduced by half. Cycling helps in getting circadian rhythm in sync and gets rid of cortisol, a stress hormone preventing regenerative sleep. Cycling exercise assist delivering oxygen and nutrients to skin cells more effectively, while ?ushing harmful toxins out. Exposure to daylight assists in collagen production to reduce wrinkles and speed up the healing process.
Cardio-respiratory ?tness from cycling also improves mental alertness by 15%. Pedaling helps build new brain cells in the hippocampus, the region responsible for memory, which deteriorates from the age of 30.
Cyclists all over the world are turning their health, ?tness and determination into fundraising efforts for the less fortunate. Recently, London to Brighton bike ride has raised over £40 million for the British Heart Foundation. Detroit cyclists in the U.S. are doing the same initiative promoting bicycling as a healthy lifestyle with the creation of Detroit Bike City. This program aims to feature day and night rides for people of all ages, experience levels and riding styles.
It’s no surprise thousands of people are jumping into their bikes to save themselves from traffic, burning their hard-earned money and creating a pollution free world and healthier selves.
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