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DAWN OF THE BIKE AGE Using fossil fuels to get around is so pre-historic W eve had the Stone Age the Bronze Age and the Fossil Fuel Age but this is the dawn of the Bike Age. More and more people are bikingand its not just millennials and grizzled men in spandex bike shorts. Over the last decade the number of bicycling baby boomers has more than doubled. Bicycling among Hispanics African- Americans and Asian-Americans has grown even faster than rates among non-Hispanic White Americans. And even though men on bikes still outnumber women on bikes more women than ever are enjoying two-wheeled commutes. In cities that have invested in quality bike infrastructure up to 45 percent of bicyclists are women. Join folks of every age race ethnicity and gender by evolving Replace some of your fossil-fueled car trips with bike trips. You and your community will notice the benets. Here are some fun facts and statistics. This story comes courtesy of Jessica Hersh-Ballering City of Tucson. PHYSICAL HEALTH Biking is good for your heart Individuals who bike commute tend to have lower blood pressure cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Bike commuters tend to have healthier insulin levels too. Bike commuting to school or work reduces the risk of obesity in kids and adults. Multiple studies have found that car commuterseven those who were physically active at other timesgained more weight than bike commuters. Biking can ease the symptoms of knee osteoarthritis. Biking makes you younger Well almost. One study found that an adult who regularly commutes by bike has a level of tness equivalent to someone 10 years younger. MENTAL HEALTH Long car commutes are associated with poor mental healthespecially in women. Biking on the other hand has been shown to improve self- esteem and overall well being while increasing tolerance to stress. Biking is known to reduce sleep difculties and tiredness. ECONOMIC HEALTH The average American spends more than 8000 each year on their car and about 64 minutes each day behind the wheel. Wouldnt you prefer to save some of that money and time by commuting by bike which will only cost you about 300 each year Companies that encourage their employees to bike save signicant money on health care costs. Multiple business studies have found that customers that arrive by bike visit stores more often than customers who arrive by car. With all of the money they save by not using a car bicyclists also tend to spend more money each month than drivers. MonteWorkman 27