10 Ways That Biking Is Better Than Walking
There are many reasons why biking is better than walking. Here's our top 10.
By: Play It Again Sports Palatine
#1: GET THERE FASTER.
Even a beginner or inexperienced cyclist can cover 10-12 mph with relatively little training. You'll go at least three times faster by bike than you will on foot.
#2: COVER MORE GROUND.
Perhaps you want to take Metra to the city, but you live too far to walk to the station. Bike it! Many stations offer bike parking for free—just bring a lock.
#3: RUN MORE ERRANDS.
Hit the farmers market, drop off the library books, grab a coffee, pick up a gift for a friend, all by bike. It's easy if you have a backpack, a bike bag, or even a plastic milk crate hooked up to the back of your bike.
#4: BURN MORE CALORIES.
Biking burns significantly more calories than walking: on average, an adult burns double the calories each hour.
#5: BUILD STRONGER LEGS.
Biking builds leg strength, especially if you incorporate some faster biking, some uphill riding, or longer rides.
#6: TOW THE KIDS OR RIDE AS A FAMILY.
Rent or purchase a bike trailer and bring the kids along, or outfit everyone with a bike if yours are older.
#7: MAKE NEW FRIENDS.
Join a local biking group, meet new friends, and log some new miles together.
#8: BIKE THE PRESERVES.
You can ride over 100 miles on paved trails in the Forest Preserves of Cook County—a haven for cyclists of any ability level.
#9: BIKE THE DRIVE.
On Memorial Day weekend each year, you and thousands of other area cyclists have a chance to bike Lake Shore Drive for Bike the Drive.
#10: SET—AND REACH—AN AMBITIOUS GOAL.
There's nothing like achievement to make you feel euphoric. Whether you want to cycle around Busse Woods for the first time or complete a 100-mile road race, goals abound. It's up to you to reach them.
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