Everytime you strap on your bike garter and commute your lovely Lady self atop two wheels, you’re officially doing a public service.
You’re welcome, cities!
The benefits of riding aren’t just for us pushing the pedals, they extend to our neighbors and steel-box-enclosed counterparts, too!
That’s right: funding bike projects that help encourage increased ridership benefit everyone.
From the article on YesMagazine.org:
Even if you will never ride a bike in your life, you still see benefits from increased levels of biking. More bicyclists mean less congestion in the streets and less need for expensive road projects that divert government money from other important problems. Off-road paths, bike lanes, sidewalks and other biking and pedestrian improvements cost a fraction of what it takes to widen streets and highways. It’s proven that bicycling and walking increase people’s health and reduce obesity, which will translate into huge cost savings for government and a boost for our economy.
Policies that are good for bicyclists actually benefit everyone on the streets. Good conditions for bicycling also create good conditions for pedestrians. And what makes the streets safer for bikes, also makes them safer for motorists.
Higher gas prices (which have topped four bucks for the third time in four years) mean more Americans are looking for other ways to get around. Bikes offer people more choices in transportation. This is especially true for people whose communities are not well served by mass transportation or where distances are too long to walk to work or shopping.
And as I previously posted, biking boosts the economy, too!
Breeze through your hair, skirt billowing in the wind, fabulous lady gams, joy, and community connection. What’s not to absolutely love?
Way to save the world, Ladies!