Lady Diana (my beloved bike) came into my life 2 years ago via Kijiji. The previous owner had cherished her for over 15 years but had to give her up due to knee problems. She would only sell her to me if I promised to ride her frequently and take good care of her. I agreed to her terms and have been cruising the streets of Toronto ever since that fateful exchange of $100.
Anyone living in Toronto is well aware of the daily frustrations of taking public transit. The spastic pickup times, construction delays, short turns, route changes and forking over big bucks for the most expensive monthly public transit pass in North America ( yup, it’s even more expensive than New York & Los Angeles). Not to mention the nauseating aromatic blend of hot garbage & KFC take-out, getting ridiculously cozy with unenthusiastic strangers and being late for everything. But if you dig that sorta stuff, then feel free to ignore the rest of this post.
Why your ass wants you to get a bike
- The average 20 minutes it takes me to peddle butt to my most frequented destinations burns approximately 235 calories (based on my weight and speed of travel). I cruise at around cool 23 kms per hour on average. Call me Ricky Bobby…
- Every peddle engages your gluteus maximus and medius which is responsible for getting you that plump little apple bottom.
- “A four year Australian study found that people who commute by car daily tend to gain more weight than those who do not, even if they are physically active at other times.” –Sugiyama, T. et al. 2013
- Trouble staying committed to hitting the gym? Well, riding your bike to work everyday will give you a workout without even thinking about it! Which also leads me to my next point…
- It doesn’t take any extra time to squeeze in your daily workout! Cycling is multitasking at it’s finest. The bus & train ride I’d have to take to get to work would take 40 mins, whereas my enjoyable, fresh air filled bike ride takes me about 20 mins. There and back and I’ve got myself a 40 minute workout plus an extra 40 mins in my day. Boooya.
- Biking has a more reliable arrival time. With two wheels, a seat and a heartbeat you can avoid traffic jams and construction detours. And let me tell you, cruising past the suckers stuck in gridlock is one sweet, sweet feeling.
- If you drive in Toronto, you might get there a little bit quicker but you can go right ahead and tack on an extra 10-15 frustrating minutes just trying to find a parking spot. Not to mention the hefty price tag for parking. How much you ask? Keep reading…
- According to Colliers International annual survey, Torontonians hand over an an average of $336.26 per month in parking fees . Bike parking = Nodda. Zip. Which gives you some extra cash’ola to ‘splurge’ on organic fruits & veggies!
- Got a car? Lucky you. You get to pay monthly insurance fees, fill your tank up with pricey pollution juice, pay steep maintenance fees and give up hefty monthly payments for the fastest depreciating investment on the planet. Convenient and useful, yes. Cheap, no.
- Live in Toronto? Expect to fork out $141.50 per month to ride the stank rails of Toronto’s public transit. My total investment for my precious Lady Diana (buying her, tuning her up, and some new gear) has cost me a total of $218.00. I ride her 8 months out of the year so over the past 2 years my monthly cost for getting around has been $8.38. That’s a monthly savings of $133.12! Soooo according to my seriously complicated mathematical calculations, I’ve saved approximately $2,129.92 over the past 2 years just by getting some exercise. How much does your gym pay you to get fit?
Your pedalling pal,