Why You Should Ride a Bike to Work

Adapting to riding a bike to work has been a really smart decision. I’m now to a point where I ride my bike to work and to run errands — unless they require trunk space like shopping for groceries. I am feeling better and healthier because of this new active lifestyle. And I can’t complain about the effects of biking on my leg muscles!

The reason I have switched is not about these things, though. I am riding my bike more because of the environment and traffic. I know that my car contributes to pollution and makes the air quality in my city worse. I just feel so bad about it!

Another, more selfish goal, was to cut down on my commute time. Crazily enough, riding my bike to work actually gets me to work more quickly than driving. I am not a particularly fast cyclist, but the traffic in the morning is so bad that a bike is a quicker mode of transportation.

There are some downsides, however. I cannot listen to music or the radio as I normally did when driving to work in the mornings and after work, driving home. Some cyclists listen to music through headphones, but it is extremely dangerous. Not being able to hear other cyclists behind you, or cars approaching on all sides, makes riding a bike a risky activity.

But even without headphones, riding a bike can still be riskier than driving a car. I did some research on the prevalence and conditions of bike accidents and The Law Offices of Jeffrey R. Caffee website was super helpful. According to the site, there are thousands of collisions involving bicycles every year. A lot of them are caused by inattention or disregard for cyclists, and that’s because it is still far more common to drive. If someone doesn’t regularly ride a bicycle, it can be easy to forget to share the road or be on the lookout for cyclists.

Distracted driving is a big culprit, but it is not fair to pretend like cyclists are only ever the victim. Sometimes, erratic cycling or poor turn hand signal indications can lead to cyclists being hit or side-swiped in a road. Intersection accidents are also places where confusion and chaos can lead to collisions between cars and bikes.

The true danger of cycling accidents, however, stems from cyclists who don’t wear helmets. Always wear one! It’s a hassle as I bike to work, to know that my hair is getting messed up right before walking into the office. But my life is worth it and I will do what’s necessary to live a healthy life.

It is recommended that you seek legal representation if you get into a bike accident because insurance companies are inclined to blame cyclists for not riding carefully, even when it is clearly the driver’s fault. I’ve been safe so far, but I know I’ll turn to a firm like the Law Offices of Jeffrey R. Caffee if I ever need to fight for fair compensation after an accident.

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