Bike Your Way to Health and Savings

Monday, May 5, 2014

Bike to Work Day is just around the corner on Thursday, May 8, and thousands of San Franciscans are expected to participate. The event, hosted by the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, encourages residents to give biking to work a try. The day features 26 Energizer Stations for bicyclists to grab a snack on their way to work.

What would you do with an extra $1,000 in your bank account each month?

Paying for gas, car repairs, parking tickets, and car insurance really does add up. The average San Franciscan would save $13,324 annually by taking public transit instead of owning and driving a car (that’s $1,110 each month). Since biking and walking for commuting cost less than a monthly transit pass, people who commute by bike or foot will enjoy even greater savings.

Biking and walking promote happiness and health! 

Commuting on bike or foot can bring benefits to something that is priceless: your health. Recent studies show that people who drive to work gain more weight (even if they go to the gym) than people who do not commute by car. This isn’t surprising, since people who have gym memberships attend an average of twice per week. In comparison, an active commuter who goes to work five days a week is getting three additional days of exercise.

If you saw how happy the folks were at the Walk to Work hubs last month, expect similarly stoked crowds of cyclists on Bike to Work Day. There could be a simple explanation for their high spirits: people who bike and walk to work enjoy their commute more than those who drive alone, take transit, or carpool.

Biking and walking may also boost mental performance: studies have shown that young people who cycle or walk to school perform measurably better on tasks demanding concentration than those traveling by car or public transportation. While more studies are needed on the connection between active commuting and brain science, it’s likely that adults experience similar benefits.

Ready to get started?

With some of the top bike score and walk score rankings in the US, San Francisco is one of the best cities in the nation for active commuting! Join thousands of cyclists across the city on Bike to Work Day on Thursday, May 8, 2014. 

Resources for San Francisco Residents
Why bike to work? Just ask San Francisco resident Corey Block. 
San Francisco Bike Map & Walking Guide (PDF)
SF Bicycle Coalition
Car sharing
Emergency Ride Home