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The Benefits of Cycling to Work

I have been cycling to work for a year now. GASP! I know, I am so uncool. Glad you think so because I actually feel the exact opposite. It actually makes me happy to ride my bike or walk everywhere, plus I get the added benefit of exercise.

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It’s amazing, I have successfully eliminated owning a car and I am a better person for it. I have eliminated a car out of my life for two reasons: first, it stresses me out to sit in traffic; and, secondly, the cost of having a car is astronomical.

The cost of owning a car is outrageous when you think about it. Here’s a list of the average costs associated with owning a car.

Average Car payment = $523 per month

Insurance = $118 per month

Gasoline = $146 per month

Maintainance = $50 per month

Registration = $12 per month

Total monthly cost of owning a car = $849

I don’t own a car, so $849 seems pretty high to me. But, even if it is half that number it is still over $400 a month. I can’t imagine paying that much for a car unless it is an absolute necessity.

The Stress of Commuting to Work

Then there is the stress that goes along with fighting traffic. I just don’t get it. It is like everyone is in a hurry to acquire more stress and more debt.

While on my bike, I see stressed out people in their cars. I make it a point to make eye contact at intersections. Then, I give them a big smile to let them know how happy I am to be cycling.

I can not imagine owning another car for a long time to come. Since I have started taking my bicycle everywhere I have been in a lot better frame of mind.

I owned a car for over twenty years and I don’t ever remember getting out of my car feeling refreshed and excited about the day. On my bicycle, I always feel alive and amped for the day.

Hurry Up To Acquire More Debt

Once, it occurred to me that all of these stressed out people are just hurrying around to collect more debt. Statistics show that nearly 80% of Americans carry debt.

If that is truly the case, then what is the hurry? Of course, there are always exceptions to my crazy thoughts but this theory kind of makes sense. Especially, considering the number of brand new cars on the road.

The Benefits of Cycling

I personally prefer the good ‘ol bicycle. By riding your bicycle on a daily basis you get the added benefit of the exercise. You can stay thin, keep your heart healthy, not pollute the planet, all while stuffing away thousands and maybe millions of dollars.

Who knows, you might even achieve financial independence at a young age because you decided to ride a bicycle and save, instead of buying new and shiny all of the time.

Action Item: Hop on your bike and go for a ride. Or, maybe even start riding your bike to work one day a week.

Reading Material: Moods of Future Joys: Around the World by Bike Part One: From England to South Africa by Alastair Humphreys

Alistair Humphreys | Cycle Touring | The Franklin Fi

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