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Thursday, January 10, 2008

Cycling to work an addiction

Image of columnist Ruth Solomon on her bicycle
From the Pioneer Press (Glenview, IL) 01.10.08:

Besides the benefits to your health, commuting to work by bicycle can also make you feel guiltless about carbon emissions and allow you to fret a bit less as the price of gas creeps inexorably toward $4 a gallon.

But the most important benefit to riding your bicycle to work is far more simple -- it's fun. It's more than fun, it's addictive.

Part of the appeal may be it puts you smack dab in the middle of your habitat, not separated from it by tons of glass and steel as when you drive to work. It's exercise with a purpose, not just mindless laps in a pool. And it's therapeutic: All that peddling clears your mind. (Read more.)
A reporter for a local newspaper takes up bicycling, gets hooked, and writes an inspiring account of her new passion in this column, and another article in the same publication, "Biking for a healthier heart."

Image: Pioneer Press. Reporter Ruth Solomon.
Visit: Paul Dorn's Bike Commuting Tips Site


SiouxGeonz said...

All that peddling clears the mind... not enough to spell pedaling of course! Unless she's selling something...
If she's really addicted, those studded tyres are on the way...

Noah said...

Shhhh! Paul, you're giving away all my secrets! The ones you mentioned are but a mere subset of the many euphoria-inducing elements that keep bike commuters in the saddle year-round, but you probably already knew that.

--Noah, Bike Commuting Addict

clark said...

great article. i love reading about ordinary people getting sucked in to the cult of the few. it happens pretty much the same way every time.