Saturday, November 29, 2008

Not 1, not 3, nor even 10 but 28 Reasons to Bike!!!

I gotta' thank Mikael Colville-Andersen (aka Zakkaliciousness) over at Copenhagenize for coming across this one.

Compiled by the University of Central Florida, Environmental Management Program as part of their Bike Path Project these 28 reasons to bike all come with detailed explanations and references to boot. So load up and add this to your arsenal in your local advocacy campaigns.

The 28 reasons are:

1. Increase in local property values.
2. Correlation with Overall Wealth.
3. Less Public Money Is Needed To Create a High Quality Transportation System.
4. High-Tech Business Is Attracted by a Perceived Better Quality of Life
5. Improved Personal Finances
6. Better Physical Health
7. Better Mental and Emotional Health
8. Fewer Overweight and Obese Citizens
9. More Free Time
10. More Beauty
11. Greater Mobility
12. Inclusion of Senior Citizens
13. More Equitable Living for Low Income Earners
14. Increased Sense of Community
15. Individual Opportunities for Safer Travel
16. Less Congested Roads
17. Safer, Quieter Neighborhoods
18. More Resources for Public Use
19. Enhanced and More Credible Metropolitan Image
20. Better Air Quality
21. Visually More Appealing Metropolitan Area
22. Cleaner Surface and Ground Water
23. Quieter City
24. Slowed Pace of Global Warming
25. More Sustainable Lifestyle
26. Recognition for Leadership in Sound Environmental Policy
27. Readiness for Other Environmental Initiatives
28. Enhanced Quality of Life for Women

And the best reason of all, which they missed (and I didn't think of either)....
Biking is a whole bunch of FUN!

Again, thanks to the good folks at UCF for putting this together.

Rutgers and the City of New Brunswick, are you listening?

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