RIDE YOUR BICYCLE
Tampa BayCycle encourages everyone to bicycle to work or school, or for recreation or errands, instead of driving. Tampa BayCycle brings together people who believe that riding a bicycle benefits the entire community. Bicycle commuters save money and gas, stay fit, reduce traffic congestion, and most importantly have fun.
|If saving money for every gallon gasoline isn’t enough to make you start pumping the pedals, consider all of the other wonderful benefits you’ll enjoy when you start cycling instead of driving:
The approximate cost to operate a sedan for 1 year is $7,800, compared to only $120 annually to operate a bicycle. *Sources: AAA – Your Driving Costs and League of American Bicyclists
Cycling is a low impact form of exercise. This means it doesn’t stress the joints in your legs, hips, and feet like running or playing sports. Cycling strengthens the legs and improves your cardiovascular system, while protecting your joints from injury, which explains why exercise bicycles are a major component in physical therapy for leg injuries.
Protect the Environment
Riding a bicycle instead of driving or in combination with taking the bus is a huge benefit to the environment. By riding a bike instead of driving a car, the average commuter will prevent more than 4800 lbs. of CO2 from entering the atmosphere. This is known as reducing your carbon footprint. Commuting by bicycle, even when combined with transit use, significantly reduces emissions of greenhouse gases and particulate emissions (i.e., soot). A short, 4-mile bicycle round trip prevents about 15 pounds of pollutants from entering the air we breathe. Source: WorldWatch Institute