Are Safety Concerns Preventing You From Cycling to Work?
I ride my bike to work every day. The one
single thing that I think made the biggest difference for me was a safety class a
bicycle safety class that was recommended. And when it was first suggested to me I thought,
“This is ridiculous. I’ve been riding my bike my whole life. I know how to ride a bike.
What can I possibly learn to help make me safer?” But it really made a huge difference.
I asked my wife if she would go, maybe I would go if she went. So I went to help her and
it really helped me more than anything. I mean, I’m still reaping the benefits from
that class many years later. I don’t really worry about, you know, is there going to be
too much traffic in this place or not. So now I commute everyday and I love it. I just
like riding a bike, but it’s also nice to be able to say that, you know, I’m helping
the environment and I’m staying healthy. What used to be a scary interchange going across
the freeway with the clover leaves and everything is now easy and, you know, not nerve racking
at all. It’s great to be able to eat pretty much whatever I want to eat and not worry
about it. I’m more aware of all the different types of things that are, you know, that I’m
risking out there on my bike. So there’s no shortage of good reasons to commute by bicycle.
I mean, it’s great for the environment. I reduce my Carbon footprint. I’m more fit so
I have less of an impact on the health crisis of the nation. It’s not a difficult thing,
you know, anybody can pick this up. Anybody who wants to ride their bike and be safer
can do this. I’m consuming fewer resources, fewer nonrenewable resources. I’m taking up
less space on the roadways. I’m contributing less to the amount of parking that’s required
wherever I go. UCSD doesn’t have to build as many parking structures because enough
people like me are riding their bikes. I think we’re up to 50percent or somewhere close
to that as bicycle commuters to this campus and so that helps them that they don’t have
to build new parking structures and charge more money for parking. So it’s a benefit
to me and it’s a benefit to the rest of the community that I live in locally and at large.
But mostly I just like bicycling. It’s fun.