- Bicycling is good exercise and it's fun for the whole family (I prefer to bicycle on lightly traveled roads and bicycle paths instead of major roads for safety reasons).
- If roads are damaged and overpasses/underpasses have given way during an earthquake, off-road travel by bicycle may be your only option for travel aside from walking.
- Bicycling is faster than walking. You can do errands, ride your bike to work if it isn't too far, and in many cases you can bicycle to the closest bus/subway stop and load your bike on public transit for longer commutes.
- In a long-term crisis, using this mode of transit will not require any fuel which could be limited or impossible to find.
- For those concerned about pollution and green house gasses and the like, bicycling won't add to these problems.
- Bicycling can take you to places a car can't go (trails, pathways, islands that ban cars, etc).
- If you live in a bikeable area, you can save a lot of money over owning a vehicle (in fuel, repair costs, and purchase cost). Between a bike and an occasional Uber you could save up to $1000 a month in some cases.
- Repairing a bicycle is simple and something you can do yourself (when is the last time anyone said that about a car?).
- You can carry quite a bit on a bicycle. Bike-packing is gaining in popularity, long distance bicycling (like from the North Pole to Ushuia as some friends of mine did a few years back) is easily possible, and adding baskets can help you transport everything from groceries to children.
- For those who need a little more "oomph" for distances or hills, bicycles are easily converted into electric or motorized bicycles with a conversion kit.
Don't forget to wear a helmet!
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