By Jane Jacobs
Around 5% of Washington D.C. commuters are bikers, thanks to a recent focus on simplifying routes and making the capital more biker-friendly. While sustainability plays a big role in the shift to commute via cycling, the positive effect this type of commute has on the pocket plays a big role. But in order for cycling to remain sustainable not only from an environmental point of view but also an economical one, cyclists need to consider a few budget aspects before they hang up the car keys in favor of a bicycle helmet.
Bikes Require Regular Servicing
This may come as a surprise to those who have always relied on vehicles as a mode of transport, but bikes need to go for regular servicing as well. Considering the average American spends around $200-$300 on a bike, it only makes sense to send it for a $40 tune-up every now and then. This will prevent expensive replacements and could also make the daily commute a little more comfortable, considering the gears and brakes can turn an average trip into a nightmare if they fail.
Use Technology To Your Advantage
The minute something carries a price tag of around $300, it’s only natural to want to get it back when it’s stolen. Bike thieves tend to be opportunistic criminals, and while there are a number of ways to try to prevent theft, tracking and getting the bike back in the event it is stolen is possible. GPS tracking systems for bikes make this a little simpler and once the signal is traced back to the thief, it’s a matter of calling the cops and claiming back the stolen property. Hopefully, it will also rid the streets of a criminal, sparing other cyclists the hassle of retrieving their stolen property.
Insurance Is Still Part Of The Game
Although most household insurance policies may cover the bike in the event it gets stolen, there are some pretty unique cycling events that are popping up as more and more commuters choose to cycle. This has necessitated insurance companies to form products specifically designed for these commuters that not only cover the bike during loss or theft but also situations such as damage or accidents.
The shift to environmental sustainability allows commuters to do their bit by hanging up the car keys. But the benefits are not only environmental ones as commuters get that extra bit of activity in, which promotes good health as well. Better health, better environment, and a fuller pocket are all within reach when commuters make the change to include cycling as a mode of transport.