5 reasons you NEED to own a bike in Toronto

With the cost of living rising every day and with the fact that the six isn’t nearly as cheap as we wish it was, any way to save a buck is probably a good idea. Not only that, the more money you save gives you options: take that dream vacation you’ve always wanted, or take that monthly vehicle cost and put it into a nicer apartment!

Bicycles are way, way cheaper than cars

The average TO citizen spends at least $450 a month on their car – $450 a month! If you put that into your rent fund, you’d probably be living in a two-bedroom, instead of a one-bedroom. $450 a month saved up gives you over $5,000 for a year, which could fund a sweet vacation to Europe. Sure, you obviously can’t bike when there’s four feet of snow outside, but think of the potential you have with the savings.

You’re never caught in traffic

Ever tried to get home at any reasonable time through anywhere near downtown? Of course you have! How much do you hate it? If your answer isn’t “with all my soul,” then you’re pretty much the Dalai Lama. If you’ve ever sat in your car and watched cyclists fly past you while you were stuck in gridlock, you’ll realize being on a bike is better.

It’s safer

Car accidents are on the rise in Toronto and traffic fatalities are the highest they’ve ever been. You shouldn’t ever be dissuaded from something because of things that might happen, but it’s a fair point to keep in mind – it’s simply more dangerous behind a wheel than it is cycling on the side of the road.

You’ll get some exercise

We’ve all made New Year’s resolutions – and we’ve all ignored those resolutions. Most of us are looking to incorporate more exercise into our lives, so why not fold it into transportation? Being able to say you’ve had a bit of a sweat every day is very satisfying and healthy!

It’s a super great date idea

How many Starbucks have you been in, bored, trying to make conversation with someone you had the misfortune to meet online? Dates should be dynamic and fun, and taking a bike ride on a sunny day is romantic and a great experience. It also really lets you know the kind of person you’re on a date with – who wouldn’t want to go on a bike trip with someone?

Born on the Prairies, Erin Cardone grew up knowing there was more to life than canola fields and AAA Alberta Angus. So she escaped, living in Europe and Australia, white-knuckling it through plates of calf brains and raw horse meat, and learning languages she can't remember anymore. After a stint as a jaded, skeptical journalist, she changed tack and began writing rather awesome blogs and showing businesses that advertising is dead, so long live social media, with her businesses Legendary Social Media. She now splits her time between various Canadian cities, Costa Rica and wherever else the wind blows.

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