I got fed up with rush hour traffic and paying for a tank of gas and parking every week. I work downtown and live about 9 km away from work. A coworker told me about riding a bike to work and parking in a secure bike cage. It has been 3 years of riding now and we have gonefrom being a 2 car family to a one car family. We save on insurance, maintenance and care depreciation as well. I work out at a gym 5 days per week but I am getting older and smarter - I need cardio workouts as well to keep my heart and health in check. Who wants to ride a bike or do cardio inside? Who is going to push me when I do not feel like it? Now I rideto and from work - rain or shine and I love it. Yes, some days I really feel like riding and some days I feel less like riding but I have no choice now and Ialways feel better after I finish my ride. My blood pressure, body fat and cholesterol blood levels have all come down and I have saved tons of money.I can ride to work just as fast as driving in rush hour and with no stress or traffic headaches. My wife has started to ride to work as well this year and we are saving even more. We have bikes for all 6 of usin the family (4 kids in elementary school) and we ride all the time.
What else can you do as a family virtually forfree and have fun as a family getting exercise and fresh air? We have a bike trailer and a trail-a-bikeand training wheels that will be sold soon as we can all 2 wheel it now. Lesson learned: I only take transit in icy conditions (fell a few times on ice!) Bike to Work Week has allowed me to meet and mingle with like minded great people and share stories, good tips and ideas.