Large metropolitan's have seen an increase in bike commuters in recent decades. It is becoming an economical option over the high-maintenance costs of owning a vehicle. Not only does it save you money to bike to work, but it has also been shown to expand your life.
Researchers have discovered that biking helps workers feel more energized, de-stressed and productive in their workplace. The benefits of this mental and physical activity makes the average person who bikes to work live longer through disease prevention.
Health benefits abound
The study also revealed the benefits of biking outweighed the benefits of walking to work every day. Biking requires spurts of more strenuous effort and periods of resistance when climbing hills. It is highly beneficial to incorporate biking to work in addition to your regular exercise routine. People in the study proved to have lower rates of heart disease and overall health issues.
However, bicyclists are among the most vulnerable for encountering serious accidents while sharing the road with motor vehicles of all sizes. Distracted drivers are increasing as people are relying on cellphones to provide more data than ever before. Cellphones have GPS, internet, social media and all kinds of apps and texting that drivers engage in while on the road. Parked drivers may also be unaware of an oncoming cyclist and open the car door causing injury to the bike rider.
While biking to work has impressive health benefits, it is important that injuries get the compensation they deserve. Bike commuters can advocate for their rights under the law and be fairly represented in court when accidents occur. Biking to work is healthy and should continue to be a growing part of our society. At the same time there is legal help available when negligence results in serious harm and injury.