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Using Bicycles As An AlternativeTo AutomobilesAbstract This paper basically shows the reasons to use thebicycle as an alternative mode of transportation It will points out thebenefits of the use of a bicycle It will also show what is being done to get rid ofthe negative aspects of using a bicycle for transportationBicycling is one of the fastest growing forms of recreation People are drawn to it formany reasons being out in the fresh air the thrill of speed the physical challengealong with many other things But there can be many more uses for the bicycle The usethat this paper will focus on is transportationThe use of bicycles can greatly improve the economy of a nation A comparison between theefficiency of the transportation systems of the United Stated and Japan points this outIn 1990 Americans spent 179 percent of the GNP on transportation whereas the Japanesespent only 1079 percent on transportation This difference of nearly 7 percent gives theJapanese economy much more money for investing in their futureOur Economy is not the only thing we should worry about and it is also not the only thingthat can be improved by the use of bicycles There are several major problems that couldbe drastically reduced by the increased use of bicycles Traffic would be a lot lighterdue to the extremely small size of bicycles It would also greatly reduce the wear andtear on our roads and highways and therefore reduce government expenditure But one ofthe most serious problems it would reduce is that of pollution and smog in out largercitiesThere are more benefits to biking though There are benefits that come at a more personallevelBiking greatly improves ones health It can be a way to exercise without taking much timesout of ones schedule The time one would spend biking to work serves two importantpurposes One getting to work but also as a great form of exerciseImproved mobility in crowded situations In downtown areas biking to work may actuallysave
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