An interesting read that should be on everyone’s end-of-month reading list is Grist.org’s Bikeonomics series, a motivating breakdown of why everyone should get on a bike. Author Elly Blue doesn’t just spout the usual lines about what great exercise it is to get on a bike, or how much better off the environment would be if ditched our cars for bikes more often; you’ve heard all that before (although everyone could use a reminder now and again). She gets into the details, both personal and public, of what bikes could do for us, both on a personal level (hello weight loss and lowered stress) and in public scope (you knew bikes could improve air quality, but did you realize that riding bikes could help resolve our health care crisis, too?).
Maybe you just recovered from an expensive winter vacation, or you’re simply feeling squeezed by the high price of eating healthy these days. But as you plan your budget for spring, we think you should put a bike on the top of your list of priorities. (If you already have one, then go get it tuned up to renew your interest after a long and bikeless winter.) Here are just a few ways that bikes can save you bucks (you might be surprised):