“[I ride] not because I’m trying to save the planet. It’s because I’m selfish.”

We love this blog post from dan bertolet at CityTank.

“I bike commute between the Central District and downtown five days a week, all year long, and I also ride occasionally to do errands or go out. And I do it because biking is, for a whole pile of reasons, simply the best way for me to make those trips.

My top six, selfishly practical reasons:

* Bikes are cheap to buy, cheap to operate, and cheap to park. And I’m cheap.
* Riding is exercise, and like many of us I find it incredibly hard to make time for exercise if it’s not integrated into my daily routine.
* Biking is much faster than walking, and for my commute it’s also faster than the bus, even though the bus stop is only three blocks from my house.
* I avoid the frustration of not being in control: I never have to wait for a late bus, I can go around cars stuck in traffic, I can stop and take a picture whenever I want.
* It’s exhilarating—I always feel more alive after a ride, even when the weather’s miserable.
* It’s just plain fun to zip around on the city streets—sometimes I practice riding wheelies like a 12-year old on my way in to work.

To read the rest of his post, and the excellent site about why cities matter, click here.



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