Biking to School, Why should we do it?

Bicycling to school can be a great alternative instead of driving. Whether you are tired of traffic, spending too much money on your car, most importantly gas, or just aware of fossil fuels affecting our environment, biking could be the alternative key to your problems.

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At Cypress College, there are plenty of bikes stored up on the racks. All different bikes are seen ridden throughout the day and it’s a good habit that students and faculty are following and should follow.

According to Forbes.com, “…if American drivers replaced just one four-mile car trip with a bike each week for the entire year, it would save more than two billion gallons of gas, for a total savings of $7.3 billion a year, based on $4 a gallon for gas.”

Some people also choose to ride to school because of how gasoline prices are affecting them in today’s economy. Andrea Lam an environmental science major prefers biking because it’s protecting the environment. “After learning how much we affect our own planet, I felt an urge to make a difference.” According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, for every one-mile pedaled rather than driven, nearly one pound of CO2 is saved.

Every student that bikes to school has a logical reason. Matthew Davidson a freshman said, “I have to… I have no choice because I don’t have my license and it’s embarrassing to have my mother drop me off at college.” Davidson lives fairly close and chooses to ride about 5 miles to school every day.

Although it’s a lifestyle change, it is a positive change. Biking to school or work is a practical work out. According to Active.com, “A flat 5-mile commute will burn 500 calories a day.” Andrew Alvarez, a Cypress College student said, “It’s a good way for me to stay in shape. I have no time to exercise with two jobs and school.”

Everyone chooses to bike to school for their own reasons, what will your reason be?

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