When living in Bucharest, traffic is one of the biggest issues, especially for those who work early in the morning, so it’s no wonder that, in the past years we started seeing more and more bikes or scooters on the streets. According to a study conducted by professor John Pucher, cycling has risen by at least 64% since 1990.
Indeed, biking or riding a scooter is an alternative to the personal car that can save us hours of waiting in traffic, not to mention the financial advantages biking has, when you don’t have to pay for gas, parking or subway tickets.
Not only this, but there are some pretty interesting stories about these two means of transportation that we are sure you never heard about:
- There’s over one billion bicycles in the world, almost twice as much as the number of cars, and half of them are in China;
- If americans would ride the bike twice as often, they would save at least 3.5 billion litres of gas annualy (Ilovebicycling.com);
- In Bucharest, you can send a creative and personalized letter to your loved one and it will be delivered by bike, through the “Livrez Dragoste” concept;
- There are about 500,000 scooters used on the school run, which means about 1 million and half kilometers traveled by scooter every week (Micro Scooters LTD);
- A person who weights 70 kg can burn up to 90 calories in 15 minutes, riding 10 mph.
So, which one you think it’s better than the other? Here are some pro’s and con’s:
- It’s the perfect cardio activity and it puts less pressure on the back, hips or knees, and it helps improve your fitness levels;
- It can reduce the number of calories and is a great way to stay in shape – studies say that, in 30 minutes, a sligthly overweight person going 12 mph can burn about 300 calories.
- It helps lower stress and brings feelings of excitement and relaxation, says the New Economics Foundation.
- You don’t need to worry about parking spaces, paying for parking tickets or spending money on subway subscriptions, so you can say it’s a highly economical mean of transportation.
- It takes up a lot of space if you have a small apartment and you don’t have a special place to keep your bike in.
- It can be easily stolen, says the FBI. Only in the US, bicycle theft reaches 100 million dollars every year.
- It can be an expensive activity, if you care about having higher-end models and the best safety gear.
- It’s smaller than a bike and can be easily folded, so it doesn’t take much space in your house.
- It doesn’t need a parking space, so you don’t have to worry about stealing it.
- You don’t need a lot of technical knowledge to take care of it, a scooter being a lot easier to fix than a bike.
- Giving the lower speed and the smaller size, it can be used even on crowded streets without bothering other pedestrians.
- It’s not very safe in potholed areas, and there are plenty of those in Bucharest.
- It’s not very fast and comfortable to use on the streets, most scooter riders prefer the sidewalk.
- It’s harder to avoid obstacles while riding a scooter, and you can easily injure yourself.
No matter which of these two you choose to ride, we applaud and support your initiative. This kind of activities have a great impact on your physical and mental health and they are the best way of protecting the environment. Just remember to be careful!