One of the day-to-day expenses of most people in Australia is transportation. Whether with own car or public transport, it can cost a lot of money when accumulated for the entire week or month. Unless your office, school or the supermarket is within walking distance from your home, there is a need to always allot money for transportation.
The great benefit of becoming a cyclist is its positive impact to the environment. There’s no noise pollution and gas emissions that vehicles typically have.
If you’re money-conscious, there are ways to save money on transport. One of these is cycling. How can becoming a cyclist save you money? Here are some things to take into account:
- Compared to a car, a bike is way cheaper – more people can actually afford it. Since it’s cheaper, more people can afford it, increasing mobility to a lot of groups that may not be financially capable to buy a car.
- You don’t need to buy fuel. Just imagine the total fuel costs you need to handle on a weekly basis.
- There are no parking costs. Add all parking expenses for the entire month and you’ll realise how much you’re saving just by opting to use a bike for transport.
Using a bike is indeed a form of cheap transportation. You can save a lot of money on transport. But there’s more to cycling than just saving money. For one thing, you can save time when commuting especially during rush hours. It is also beneficial for your health and fitness as it strengthens and tones your muscles. You also have control on how strenuous cycling can be.
Another great benefit of becoming a cyclist is its positive impact to the environment. There’s no noise pollution and gas emissions that vehicles typically have. Also, compared to cars and other vehicles, a bike does less damage to surfaces of roads.
Cycling also has social benefits to offer. A neighbourhood with more cyclists can provide safer roads to children in the community. And if there are more bikes than cars, you can enjoy traffic that’s slower and less dangerous for both you and pedestrians. It likewise allows cyclists to have more interactions with other people. This can develop camaraderie and a sense of security and belongingness.
Without costs such as on fuel and parking, becoming a cyclist can really save you money on transport. And as if this is not enough reason to switch to bikes, you’ll get a lot more benefits socially and to the environment.
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