As a result of improved infrastructure by the city, more and more citizens in the city of Denver, Colorado are choosing to ride their bikes and walk to work, according to an article in the Denver Post. “The tendency to bike or walk is markedly higher among Millennials: 16 percent of males and 9 percent of females under 30 bike to work most days of the week, with an average commute of about 9 miles. Millennials are defined in the partnership’ s survey as under age 30” [i]. Many may begin commuting by bike to save time in traffic or money spent on gasoline, but they will soon find there are many more benefits to cycling than those in your pocketbook or watch.

Benefits of Riding Your Bike

According to AdultBicycling.com, there are multiple benefits to riding your bike, such as:
  • It’s an easy way to exercise
  • It builds strength and muscle tone
  • It increased muscle tone
  • It builds stamina
  • It improves cardio-vascular fitness
  • It burns calories
  • It improves heart health
  • It improves coordination
  • It reduces stress

Bicycling For Your Brain

Bicycling.com reports that riding your bike actually improves brain function. Cycling increases blood vessels in your brain, which means more oxygen and nutrients to help them work properly. The act of pedaling causes more nerve cells to fire as well and they “intensify the creation of proteins like brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) and a compound called noggin (yes, really), which promote the formation of new brain cells” [ii]

Portland Bicycle Accident Attorney

The experienced pedestrian accident attorneys at Berkshire Ginsberg, LLC are committed to increasing the availability and safety of bicycling in Portland and surrounding areas. Call us at 503-233-6507 or contact us by e-mail today with any questions or concerns you have. [i] Keeny, Laura. Denver commuters increasingly bike, walk to work. The Denver Post. Retrieved from http://www.denverpost.com/business/ci_27143212/denver-commuters-increasingly-bike-walk-work [ii] Yeager, Selene. Your Brain on Bicycling. Bicycling. Retrieved from http://www.bicycling.com/training-nutrition/training-fitness/your-brain-bicycling