Re: Cities Turning to Bicycles
"George Conklin" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
> Mass transit + bicycle riding assumes your TIME is worthless. For
> environmentalists, this may be true. But not for the rest of us.
Riding a bike to work saves time, because you are combining your exercise
time with your commute time. If you have a five mile drive to work that
takes 10 minutes, that's a 20 or 25 minute bike ride. So yeah, you spend 45
minutes commuting round trip rather than driving for 20 minutes. But then
you've done your 45 minutes of aerobic exercise that you're supposed to get
every day, and you then don't have to drive after work to the gym, work out
for those 45 minutes, and drive back. The other alternative was to become
one of those middle-aged women who "let themselves go", you know?
A job, husband, kids, home -- it's a lot to manage, especially if you also
do other things in your life. Bicycle commuting made sense for me precisely
because it was a time saver, as opposed to a squander.
Plus, if I live longer, or live my elderly years more healthily because of
the regular exercise, that's more time I've gained, too.
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