28 Reasons to Bicycle, from the University of Central Florida

So many reasons to ride a bicycle! If you ride a bicycle in South Florida, chances are that you’ve been faced with the awestruck, disbelieving, inspired look of a full-time motorist who can’t understand why you ride. But, but… it’s hot! unsafe! it could rain! aren’t you scared?! Yes, it’s hot but, statistically, safer than your average car trip and completely doable, in rain, with the right gear. If you follow the rules and pay attention, riding a bicycle can be thrilling rather than frightening.

Everyone has reasons for riding, but here are 28 really good ones, backed up with numbers and other fun facts and posted by the University of Central Florida’s Environmental Management Program. Go on and share!

  1. Increase in local property values.
  2. Correlation with Overall Wealth.
  3. Less Public Money Is Needed To Create a High Quality Transportation System.
  4. High-Tech Business Is Attracted by a Perceived Better Quality of Life
  5. Improved Personal Finances
  6. Better Physical Health
  7. Better Mental and Emotional Health
  8. Fewer Overweight and Obese Citizens
  9. More Free Time
  10. More Beauty
  11. Greater Mobility
  12. Inclusion of Senior Citizens
  13. More Equitable Living for Low Income Earners
  14. Increased Sense of Community
  15. Individual Opportunities for Safer Travel
  16. Less Congested Roads
  17. Safer, Quieter Neighborhoods
  18. More Resources for Public Use
  19. Enhanced and More Credible Metropolitan Image
  20. Better Air Quality
  21. Visually More Appealing Metropolitan Area
  22. Cleaner Surface and Ground Water
  23. Quieter City
  24. Slowed Pace of Global Warming
  25. More Sustainable Lifestyle
  26. Recognition for Leadership in Sound Environmental Policy
  27. Readiness for Other Environmental Initiatives
  28. Enhanced Quality of Life for Women

About Kathryn Moore / South Florida Bike Coalition

I'm the President of the South Florida Bike Coalition - a 100% volunteer organization of people dedicated to using their skills and experience to effect more, better bicycling from the Keys to Martin County.

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