It’s been a couple of months now since I’ve been commuting 40 miles a day by bicycle. People keep asking me why I do it, so I thought I’d compile a list of reasons you’d want to cycle to work:
- Meeting people on cycling adventures
- Skipping the queues of traffic
- Going at your own speed/ leave when you want
- Never having to run for the bus again
- Time to put life into perspective
- Getting nearly hit by a deer
- Arriving at work soaking wet and laughing
- The Feeling of Freedom and choice
- Fresh morning air
- No two commutes are the same
- An excuse to eat more biscuits
- Save money by showering at work
- An excuse for being less well dressed than the rest of the office
- Respect and disbelief from you colleagues (often in equal measures)
- A way to make new friends
- An excuse to bring a practical bag, not a hand-bag or briefcase
- To bump into people you already know, but weren’t expecting
- An excuse to accidentally forget to take your sunglasses off your head in the office
- To get fitter
- To train for your first sportive
- An excuse to buy (another) bike
- To make use of a cycle-to-work scheme
- To wake up without administering caffeine
- To avoid sharing the bus with school children
- To save money
- To save the planet
- To pretend you’re going for a bike ride and just happen to spend some time infront of a computer in the middle of it.
- To get your vitamin D for the day
- An excuse to buy a sports watch
- To feel alive
- To learn how to judge the traffic lights
- To appreciate how much space you should give cyclists when overtaking
- To find out what flies taste like…
… Okay, so I didn’t get to 101 on my own. But that’s why I need your help! Please comment below with your own reasons (serious, non-serious, anecdotal etc) to cycle to work and let’s get to 101.
Here’s some more from you guys – keep them coming!
34. To look forward to your commute, instead of dreading it.
35. To bulk up your thighs
36. To save time
37. To get to know your own city
38. To build cycling confidence without realising it
39. To eat cake (added by popular demand as distinctly different from biscuits!!)
40. To pursue a more positive start and end to the working day
41. Because I called my bike ‘Mike’ and I can have a chat with him when I feel lonely.
42. To experience the confusion of getting tangled in a dog’s lead whilst on a bike.
43. To get to know the pot holes intimately
44. To have some “me” time