All the money you save NOT buying
gas is enough to pay for an annual
pass at your favorite Yoga studio.
WHY RIDE TO
BY JONI YUNG
The only energy consumed while
you're biking is your own. So you
can skip a vinyasa or two in class
without feeling like you've gypped
yourself of a few burned calories.
of dollars annually to the household budget. Critics point out that we make a grave
error by measuring time gained by speed as miles per hour while sitting in our car.
We forget the time spent in earning money to pay for the vehicle, insure it, and
maintain it, which in an overall view of our lives is the real measure of our time.
From a broader perspective (calculating the hidden costs of driving), it is estimated that cars actually deliver us at speeds of about five miles per hour. One quarter
of our waking lives are spent in performing the involuntary activities associated
with the automobile-transportation system.
You can smile at the frustrated driver
texting on his phone as you speed
past his Ferrari during rush hour on
Santa Monica Boulevard.
It's a great way to justify having all
those scarves piled up in your bedroom because they keep you warm
riding into the wind. And you get to
justify the arm warmers you bought
just because they were cute.
8. BICYCLING IS GOOD FOR THE ECONOMY.
Tourists love to visit places where they can conveniently park once and forget
the stress of driving. "Car-Free Vacations", "Carless Vacations", destinations
known as a "Bicycle-Pedestrian Paradise" or "Walkable Cities", are recognized
as both desirable for visitors and local residents who find noise and congestion
from traffic to be the single most annoying side effect from tourists. Retailers are recognizing that healthy revenues do not depend on heavy car traffic
and lots of parking. Cars don't shop--people do! Studies show that bicycle-pedestrian friendly street designs creates a shopper friendly atmosphere which
increases retail business. Plus bicycles free up valuable car parking spaces for
those people who must drive.
You get indoor VIP parking privileges
at Yogaglo. And at Urth Yoga.
You no longer have to end up in a
space smaller than your Yoga mat in
Vinnie Marino's class because you
spent 15 minutes circling the block
looking for a parking spot.
9. BICYCLING PROMOTES HEALTH AND FITNESS FOR PEOPLE OF ALL AGES,
INCLUDING OUR OLDER POPULATION.
Bicycling is a lifelong, low impact aerobic activity available to almost anyone.
Modern gearing allows every user to find his or her own level of effort. Three
wheelers with large baskets can be used by older adults riding for the first time.
The role of the bicycle in keeping older people healthy and independent is just
beginning to be explored. One study suggests that if one quarter of the nations
sedentary adults -- 20 million people-would exercise moderately on a regular
basis, savings to the healthcare system would exceed $5 billion.
10. BICYCLING IS FUN! ACTUALLY, BICYCLING IS MORE THAN FUN.
It is a spiritually uplifting, consciousness raising, mind expanding experience.
Riding your bike connects you to the earth and everything you see all around you.
Suza Francina is a yoga teacher and life-long bicycle activist living in Ojai. During her
tenure as mayor, she was known as "California's mayor without a car." Suzafrancina.com
Photos (left and above) by Derek Feniger
A nice long bike ride to class + a
killer Kundalini squat set with
Gurmukh = awesome legs of steel.
You can mosey over to a nearby
cafe for an après-Yoga lunch without
having to worry about exceeding
the two-hour street parking limit.
While on your way to class on a
beautiful sunny day, you can detour
and meditate on the meaning of
om as you ride serenely along the
beach bike path.
Anyone who rides a bike is sexy,
especially while dressed in Yoga
clothes. I dare you to prove me wrong
Joni Yung is a two-wheeled roving bicycle
correspondent who can be found on her green
bike, on the bus, or carpooling around town.
Read her blog at: Blog.accidentalyogist.com