This is Biking Week from May 21 to the 28th. There are at least ten reasons to dust off your bike and take it for a spin.
1. There’s nothing like fresh air blowing in your face and sunshine in your eyes to make you feel young and alive, as you pump away. Let’s hope your bike is oiled up and you’re wearing a helmet.
2. Biking for awhile will give your body a workout. Make sure you carry some bottled water, and refresh yourself along the way. Afterwards, you will be ready for a shower and your laptop, or a meal at an inn with your friends. The rushing blood in your head will make you a gifted writer or talker.
3. You can save on gas if you can bike to work or the nearby store. Biking communities enjoy better health and less traffic accidents.
4. Biking is healthy; it reduces obesity.
5. Biking is fun. It’s one thing to hop on a stationary bike and go nowhere, and it’s another to feel the wind in your hair and feel like a kid again.
6. Biking makes the roads safer because drivers have to slow down when they see bikers and be more careful. With slower cars, there is less chance of accidents.
7. Biking brings people back to nature to find trails and follow Rochester’s Erie Canal on bikes. There are wonderful trails in and around Rochester.
8. Biking is good for the economic community. It encourages trail building, parks, and inns. It increases tourism and possible job opportunities.
9. Biking spawns biking groups, which make us all healthier and more social. Nothing like sharing a mutual passion.
10. Biking is an equal opportunity activity for all age groups and genders, except toddlers—unless you want to attach a small cab for them to ride in.
I usually bike on Fridays with my bike group riding 18-24 miles in Monroe County, depending on the chosen trail. I love riding along the canal and on country roads. (The photo above was taken on Oak Island, North Carolina.)