Everyday life got you down? The commute to work, taking care of the kids, getting to school on time, getting a good grade, getting that promotion; any number of things can make us stress out on a daily basis. Trust me, I know how it is. We used to live in Los Angeles where the traffic is heavy and the prices are high for pretty much everything. Now we travel the world as digital nomads, so we get to see what everyday life is like in different parts of the world. No matter where we go, one thing remains the same, people ride bicycles.
Every city has some level of infrastructure built for cycling. Some cities, like Amsterdam, were built for riding bicycles and commuting by bike is an everyday norm. Other cities, like Los Angeles, weren't built for bicycles. Although there are many initiatives in place to get urban architecture built for cycling, one in particular stands out as a leader in the cause to promote cycling, People For Bikes.
It goes without saying that riding a bicycle is good for your health. There are many benefits that riding a bicycle can provide you including, improved cardiovascular fitness, increased muscle strength, better flexibility, improved joint mobility, decreased stress levels, improved posture, and coordination, stronger bones, lower body fat levels, and the prevention of heart disease.
People For Bikes is working to improve every bike ride you go on. Whether that be on-road or off-road, joy-riding or commuting to work or school, their mission is to get a better infrastructure built like bike paths and bike lanes, promote the awareness of cycling in big cities and with law enforcement, and they do this all by collaborating with riders, businesses like ours, community leaders like our founders, and elected officials.
Our favorite thing that People for Bikes does is promote the use of electric bicycles. An electric bike is simply a battery operated, power assisted bicycle that operates like a normal bicycle but has a motor in the hub of the rear wheel or in the middle of the bike where the pedals are to push you a little faster than normal and even out the hills. The growth of the electric bicycle market has allowed regular every-day people, older people, and those with back or knee issues to enjoy riding a bicycle without the stress that comes with going up hills or riding long distances.
You can read all about the latest legistlature passed by California regarding fair-use of electric bicycles on bike paths and roadways. People for Bikes has worked tirelessly to help get laws passed in other states too. Some states are more friendly towards e-bike, like Washington state, where other states treat e-bikes like mopeds still, examples of which are New Jersey and New York.
The best way for you to get involved in making a difference in your community is to take action. People for Bikes can help you take a stand and share your story so you can influence your local area to do something about it.
You can also use their "get local" page to find out key stats about your state, local bike shops near you, grants currently in place, where protected bike lanes are, events happening near you, local groups you can get involved with, member stories, and blog posts you can read.
By getting involved locally, you can help make a big difference in your community, while connecting with like minded cyclists and activists. It's the connections we make in life that lead us to amazing moments which we will always remember.
If you want to create a better world for yourself, your family and friends, and your community, take the first step by joining People for Bikes. They will send you periodic emails about community events and big changes that are happening near you and across the world. If you feel like donating to their cause, it's a tax deductible donation and it will help them get things done.
If you're interested in learning more about electric bicycles, check out our free electric bike buyer's guide.
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