There’s an article in today’s Globe & Mail encouraging immigrants to get fit and “fit in” by cycling within their communities. However the message of this article applies to all of us: Biking is a fantastic way to communicate, be with others, and have a sense of participating in the movement of your city. The fact that you’re getting exercise, fresh air and saving money on gas by not taking your car for a drive are additional benefits. Every time I ride my bike, I experience my neighbourhood in a way that’s impossible when I’m driving my car. People smile as I ride by and I typically stop and chat with friends along the way. It helps that I’m wearing my Princess helmet cover with the pink tulle floating behind me as I’m riding along – people are intrigued by the look and it breaks down the barriers when people want to wave hello. I also love the fact that I can stop at the bank or post office & pick up videos from the local video store without worrying about finding a parking spot and feeding the parking meter. When was the last time you took your bike out for a spin around your neighbourhood? The people you meet and the feeling of wellness you experience might surprise you. Besides what do you have to lose – it’s one of the few FREE activities remaining.
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