Save gas, save money, save planet, save on your gym membership - get on a bike!

Real Estate Sales Representative with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

Save gas, save money, save planet, save on your gym membership - get on a bike!

I wish roads were designed in a more bicycle friendly way. There is seldom a separate bike path, and some roads here in Boston Metro West are really narrow, at times a car can hardly pass a bicyclist (I'm thinking Old Connecticut Path in Weston and Framingham, for example). 

Still - getting on a bike is a great way of transportation when we are talking shorter distances. 

I came across an ad in front of a coffee shop. The sign was quite informative.

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It says: 

  • Just 3 hours of bicycling per week can reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke by 50%
  • If you bike 4 miles round trip each day instead of driving, you will save about 66 gallons of fuel per year
  • That same daily trip will burn 36,000 calories in a year - the equivalent of over 10 lbs. of fat
  • 40% of all trips are within two miles of the home
  • You can park 14 bikes in the same space you can park one car
  • The US could save 462 million gallons of gasoline a year by increasing cycling from 1% to 1.5% of all trips
I think it's definitely food for thought... Most appealing, you don't have to become a devoted bicyclist, a die hard fighter for green living, and donate your car to charity. Some minor tweaking of your lifestyle and mode of transportation can have great impact. With weather getting nicer and nicer - why not attempt a switch?

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Comments (6)

Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

The additional benefits of riding a bike is - one keeps healthy. Though we can debate on a definition of a short distance (and age catches up with many of us, too!)

May 28, 2011 04:13 PM
Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408 - Daytona Beach, FL
Buy Daytona condos for heavenly good prices

Anna - excellent thought. You are talking about Boston. Take our Daytona. On the beachside, where are so many tourists, on Atlantic Ave there is no bike path, not on most other streets.

It is just ridiculous

May 28, 2011 04:15 PM
Steve Loynd
Alpine Lakes Real Estate Inc., - Lincoln, NH
800-926-5653, White Mountains NH

Anna, This is a great thought to ponder as we kick off the official summer season, We went everywhere on our bikes as kids...time to get back to our youth!

May 29, 2011 12:19 AM
Anna Tolstoy
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Natick, MA

Praful, absolutely, health benefits alone are reason enough. And you know, even a very short distance is fine to start - one can increase it little by little. It's important if one starts biking at all, and finds pleasure doing it, and hopefully continues.


Jon, and I thought Florida is better in this regard! Where can we petition for changes? 

Steve, yep, my childhood was spent on a bike, so to speak :) And now I feel I'm afraid to bike with my kids, I hardly use bike on my own!

May 29, 2011 04:21 AM
Evan Little
Surterre Properties - Santa Ana, CA
Eco, Live/Work, Sales and Management

Great for recreation, but difficult to make a normal form of transportation in a community like Orange County, unfortunately.  Any city developed after about 1960s, especially in Orange County, is designed so much around the dreaded internal combustion engine that it's difficult to get around town for the everyday person.  Will be interesting to see communities like this move into the world of peak oil!

Jun 02, 2011 01:26 PM
Anna Tolstoy
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Natick, MA

Evan, I would love to see more bike traffic!

Jun 02, 2011 03:41 PM