Ride On: National Bike Month Promotes Healthy Habits

by Melissa Puppo May 2017 Also on Digital Edition

In celebration of National Bike Month and National Bike to Work Week (May 15 to 19), trade in your four-seater for a cruiser, and begin to incorporate cycling into everyday life.

In sunny South Florida, rainy days come and go, and the terrain makes for a perfect ride. So why not take advantage of biking? If you’re lucky enough to live within biking distance to work or the beach, here are a few reasons why you should opt for two wheels instead of four. 

Practical Workout 

Hopping on a stationary bike at the gym is easy, but by riding a bicycle outside, the body works harder, allowing more calories to be burned in a shorter amount of time. Plus, biking is not only great for cardio, but it also tones the lower body and targets the core. Who said working out can’t be fun?

Save Money

Forget wasting gas while driving in circles looking for an available parking spot or paying for a meter. Park your bike for free and forget the ever-changing gas prices. And with traffic, it’s possible you could get to your final destination quicker.  

Environment Benefits

Biking doesn’t use fossil fuels and is a pollution-free mode of transportation, according to the Department of Transportation and Main Roads. Cycling each way to work can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions each year. A healthier environment goes a long way for the current and future generations. 

Healthier and Happier 

There’s nothing quite like riding with a breeze as the sunshine kisses your face. People are often distracted when driving in cars, so
they tend to not appreciate South Florida’s beautiful surroundings. Elevate your mood and mind with a dose of fresh air. You’ll also become a more active person, which leads to a healthier lifestyle.

Hop On!

Need a bike for purchase or rent? Find a stylish ride below: 

Electra LOFT 7i Bicycle in Blizzard Blue; $709.99; electrabike.com

AvMed Rides by Broward B-cycle

Purchase a weekly or annual membership online, or rent a short-term ride at any B-station around town. Choose a bike, make appropriate adjustments and don’t forget your helmet! Enjoy a ride and easily return the bike to one of several B-stations.
1140 NE Seventh Ave., Unit 4, Fort Lauderdale; 754.200.5672; broward.bcycle.com

Ebikes2you

EBikes2You takes the hassle out of renting  a bike. Based in Boca Raton, EBikes2You has bikes available for those in north Fort Lauderdale and Pompano Beach up to Palm Beach. It’s easy to rent—choose a date online, pick a location and await the arrival. The ebike comes with a bag, lock and helmet. Maps of the area are available for self-guided tours. 3600 NW Boca Raton Blvd., Boca Raton; 561.826.4358; ebikes2you.com

SkyBike

Experience Palm Beach by bicycle. Whether running errands or heading to the beach, SkyBike is a convenient way to get around. Check out and return bikes interchangeably from stations located throughout downtown. 1400 Forsythe Road, West Palm Beach; 561.412.1643; skybikewpb.com

Pedago Electric Bikes

Pedago Electric Bikes allows bicyclists the option to rent stylish cruisers by the hour or take fun-filled guided tours on the highest quality electric bikes available. Ride up to 20 mph with a battery that allows travel from 20 to 60 miles on a single charge. 13896 Highway 1, Juno Beach; 561.701.2100; pedegoelectricbikes.com/dealers/juno-beach


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