August 12, 2016

1. You get to work and are already stressed

    If you’re headed to work to sit at a desk all day, the last thing you want to do is show up in a state of stress. Presumably, you've heard continuous stress can harbor many undesirable symptoms. It is key to counter stress-inducing activities if you intend to live a healthy life. Pedaling to work is just as much an investment in your long-term health as it is in money and the environment. Additionally, research has show employees who bike to work are 15% more productive. Who knows, biking could be a game changer for the trajectory of your career. 

    2. You don’t remember your drive.

    You know the feeling. You’re on your way to work, get to a stop light and realize you cannot recall the last 10 minutes of your commute. Or worse- you’ve been on your phone the whole time! Driving can be a great place to think through some things, but it's quite easy to become lost in thought along the way. A habit that can be especially hard to break if you commute solo. Those mornings when you're feeling pensive, choose your bike and feel the meditative benefits. You'll arrive at the office clear headed and ready to work.

    3. It takes longer to park than it did to drive there

    The terrible sensation of driving around parking lot after parking lot, street after street. If you commute by car during rush hour, you have no doubt felt this frustration. Yet- it's completely avoidable. Opt for two wheels, and breeze through the office doors with time to spare. After all,  What biking lacks in speed, it makes up for in efficiency.  

    4. You live under 10 miles from your work and it takes you more than 10 minutes to drive there.

    If this one is pinging, it’s time to hop on that bike- ASAP. This should be plain and simple, and hopefully, those of you who qualify for this don’t need me to tell you this (with some exceptions). But it should be second nature. You will save time, money, your health, and your carbon footprint if you ride to work 3 days a week. It doesn't even have to be every day for you to notice the benefits of biking. Plus you’ll be in a better mood when you get there!  

    5. You’ve never truly noticed the view of your commute.

    You’ll know this one's true when you get on your bike to ride to work the first time, and realize you're not entirely sure how to get there. The experience of biking is simply more engaging than driving. When you ride, you can hear the sounds of your neighborhood, really see the buildings (not just the street signs), and feel the terrain (read: hills) you never noticed before. Hopefully, you'll discover a few shortcuts. It never hurts to know the geography of your surroundings. 

     

    Want to learn more about what your carbon footprint is and why it's important?

    Check out this TED talk!