Why They Ride: True Stories From Real Life Bike-Lovers

Shannon - Bike Month
“Ever since I was a kid, I’ve loved riding a bike. As an adult, I ride as often as I can — typically on the road and sometimes on the trails around Austin. But, one of my favorite bicycling memories was when I biked one of the ‘Most Dangerous Roads in the World’ in Bolivia. I’m not much of a mountain biker, nor am I great with heights, but I agreed to join in on the journey. How bad could it be? I started out terrified, but eventually became confident enough to enjoy the exhilarating feeling of zooming down those steep mountain passes. This experience ended up being one of the highlights of my trip.” — Shannon (photo courtesy of the City of Austin Office of Sustainability)

Sponsored Post – from the City of Austin Office of Sustainability

Friday is Bike to Work Day, a time when Austinites are encouraged to ditch their cars and give commuting by bicycle a try. Bike commuting is a great way to reduce your personal carbon footprint, exercise, and avoid the traffic that often plagues the city’s streets.

Need a little bit more motivation? Be sure to check out this blog post from the City of Austin’s Office of Sustainability, which features real stories from real people who have decided to ditch the car and grab life by the handlebars.

Lewis - Bike To Work
“Sustainability means different things to different people. For me, it means trying to limit the negative impact I have on our planet due to the necessary daily activities tied to living in today’s society. Biking to work every day provides one easy opportunity to significantly reduce that negative impact, while saving money, gaining personal health benefits, and starting and ending each work day with a fun activity. Whenever I travel to a different city or country I try to ride bikes, as it’s a great way to experience more of a place than just looking through a window at high speeds. If you haven’t tried biking to work yet, give it a try — you may be surprised how much you have missed of your own city during your daily commute!” — Lewis. (photo courtesy of the City of Austin’s Office of Sustainability).


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