Our personal injury lawyers have a question and answer session with League of American Bicyclists “League Certified Instructor” and previous Education Director of the New York Bicycling Coalition, Ken Crandall. #4

Why do you choose to ride a bike instead of driving a car?

Initially, I used to be obese and I had surgery to lose weight, and I didn’t have time for a gym and all that stuff.  I decided riding my bike to work would be good exercise and it’s become a passion for me.  I had some incidents earlier on that caused me to become a little bit more involved and active in the cycling community. But, despite the challenges it’s a great way to get around. I get good solid two to three hours of cardiovascular exercise a day, I’m in better shape at 48 than I was at 18 and it’s good for the environment.
Also, it’s good for the city, it’s one less car that’s on the road, congesting the road. It’s one of the things most of us don’t think about is, for every cyclist, that’s one less car that they’re jockeying around for position, that we’re competing over parking spaces for, etc. There’s a lot of reasons that I ride now, part of it’s stubbornness, I’m not going to be pushed off the road because people don’t like cyclists.

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