With changing global circumstances such as rising fuel costs, traffic and high parking fees, there has been a change in the way people get around, whether it is to get to work, appointments or even to grocery stores. One of the means of transportation that has gained support is the bicycle. In many major cities and surrounding areas, the push for bike lanes and laws to protect cyclists has gained popularity, with more and more people taking to the streets with two wheels instead of four. However, there are pros and cons that all cyclists and drivers should be aware of.

Advantage: The bicycle is one of the best means of transport. Not only is it better for the environment, healthier for the cyclist, and less expensive than driving. Most buses are equipped with bike racks, and other modes of transportation, such as the subway, generally allow a few bikes per car for those traveling longer distances. Cyclists also see how cities change to suit their needs. Bike lanes and bike-friendly streets are becoming a part of the city. Just as biking instead of driving is good for the environment, it’s even better for your health, since 20-30 minutes of exercise per day is recommended. One of the biggest benefits of cycling is the lower cost associated with it. Commuting to work saves money since you’re not stuck in traffic burning fuel or paying high parking fees.

Cons: In West Coast cities and those with milder temperatures, biking is an activity enjoyed by many year-round, especially those hardy who ride bikes in the winter months. Bicycling in the city can be a dangerous activity. Inadequate laws can be problematic for cyclists. Currently, other than owning a bicycle, little else is required by law to equip cyclists. Most states and provinces do not require helmets, reflective clothing, and knowledge of signs. Cars and other vehicles also do not require knowledge of bicycle signs, which can be confusing and dangerous for cyclists. Many people who ride bicycles are very courteous and follow the rules of the road, especially in an urban environment that can be very dangerous during rush hour. Occasionally there are cyclists breaking the rules when taking non-cycling routes which can be deadly as narrow roads, dark conditions and lack of safety equipment can lead to accidents.

Cycling is a great activity. It’s healthy, eco-friendly, cost-effective, and a great way to travel. As long as cyclists follow the rules of the road and are properly equipped with safety gear, such as reflective gear, both on their clothing and on the bike, and a helmet, riding a bike is a great way to enjoy the outdoors and make a difference. in the world.