Green Lifestyle on the bike

The bike is a key element to a Green Community on many complex levels.  For most people the obvious reason is anti-CAR. Of course, in our traffic jammed society, this is an important factor.  The more people that implement the bicycle into their transportation regime, the greater the impact we can have on lowering fuel emission pollution, lessen traffic congestion and slow the ever escalating need for more concrete expansion.  There are also personal benefits that occur naturally when we choose to pedal our way around town.  The absence of road rage leaves most bike commuters arriving with a smile even if the circumstances were not perfect.There is just something about the wind in your face and your heart pumping that makes the effort worthwhile   In our busy lives connecting to our bodies on the bike can almost be a surreal experience.  The bike becomes a place to reflect and clarify the mind.  The physical act can be strenuous but the rhythmic action releases endorphins that allow for conscious thought.  The combination of mental and physical activity gives our complex brain’s a chance to find balance in a world that otherwise demands us to tax one piece of our intelligence and let the other elements shrivel.  Of course, there are other means to find this center but the awakening of the mind to the environment around us is a unique experience to the bike that requires us to take action in our lives.  For those commuting through densely populated cities, this may resemble a new sensitivity to bikes when behind the wheel of a car.  Or a profound realization that some trips actually take less time by bike without traffic and parking conditions.  Or maybe just noticing a mural, or finding something beautiful along the way that you would not have otherwise noticed. For those escaping to the woods the experiences could stimulate a desire to preserve nature and take action to protect the environment.  No matter how brief or extended ones ride may be there is no question that social interactions made on a bike have a greater sense of worth then the numerous motorized passings we make each day.  The opportunity to share a smile or brief “Hello” offers us a sense of connectedness that is essential to the development of community.  The time spent pedaling becomes a ritual to engage in the culture surrounding us.  It gives us a choice to participate in creating the future and being the change that we want to see in the world.


About abbiemama

Former Pro Mountain Bike Racer, Mama of Dustin, Yogi, coach, designer.... Mission: To encourage more women to use their bike as transportation, fun and exercise. Be Green.
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