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6 Excuses for Not Becoming a Bike Commuter (And How to Get Over Them)

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6 Excuses for Not Becoming a Bike Commuter (And How to Get Over Them)

By Blythe Copeland, Treehugger

Trading your car for a bike can make a huge difference to your carbon footprint — and to your wallet, as gas gets increasingly expensive. But even when you know how beneficial the swap would be, it’s easier to come up with reasons to stick to your current commute than to branch out onto a bike.

If any of these six excuses are holding you back from bike commuting, it’s time to get over it.

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10:28PM PST on Dec 28, 2012

I'd actually love to ride to work - I only live a 15 minute drive (3 traffic lights!) away....I don't mind the traffic or the weather (I live in south Florida) or even the safety issues - I get oyt at 9 PM most nights, well after dark. I do, however, have 1 excuse you can't work around: I'm required to have a car for running work-related errands. :(

6:00AM PDT on May 28, 2012

My biggest fear is the traffic. I live in an extremely populated area and I've seen the other drivers, some of them have absolutely no respect for a cyclist or pedestrian.

7:49AM PST on Mar 4, 2012

One person's excuse is another person's reason?

11:20AM PST on Feb 16, 2012

I have to work fewer hours since I bike instead of using a car. It's fun now!

8:43AM PST on Jan 4, 2012

"4. You Don’t Want Helmet Hair". Ridiculous!

8:43AM PST on Jan 4, 2012

"4. You Don’t Want Helmet Hair". Ridiculous!

1:25PM PST on Jan 1, 2012

A $470 helmet?? Hmmm...

7:57PM PDT on Jul 29, 2011

I love riding my bike to the lab in the mornings. The ride back is normally a bummer becuase it is so much hotter and much more humid. But today it was really fun to ride there in the rain.

3:36PM PDT on Jul 26, 2011


12:38AM PDT on Jul 25, 2011

i like to ride my bike

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