"...mode of transportation for this weary Western world. Now I'm not gonna make a lot of extravagant claims for this little machine. Sure, it'll change your whole life for the better, but that's all" - bicycle salesman, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
Why? Because the...
...bicycle, the most civilised mode of transport known to man, open to the environment and part of it, fuelled mostly by bananas and beer, prey to the winds and the rain, slow enough to absorb the passing world and its smells and sounds, quick enough to escape snapping dogs... [Mike Carter The Observer, Sunday 24 May 2009]
improves health and well-being;
creates a sense of community;
instills a greater appreciation of the natural world;
reduces transportation-related expenditures;
reduces transportation-related pollution;
reduces transportation-related stress;
reduces road congestion;
reduces our dependence on foreign energy sources; and finally,
provides a source of pure, childlike joy!
What does bicycling do for you? Did I miss anything?