There are a few hardcores around town: the people you see riding bicycles whether temperatures are above 100 degrees or below freezing. For some, it may be their sole form of transportation. For others, it's a choice. Behind air-conditioned windows, some local residents may wonder why anyone would choose to be pedaling a bike on [...]

There are a few hardcores around town: the people you see riding bicycles whether temperatures are above 100 degrees or below freezing.
For some, it may be their sole form of transportation. For others, it's a choice.
Behind air-conditioned windows, some local residents may wonder why anyone would choose to be pedaling a bike on summer days that sometimes feel like a furnace.
There are many reasons to opt for the bicycle instead of the car. Here are just a few:
1) Cycling saves wear and tear on your vehicle. Stopping and starting, which town driving requires, is hard on your engine. By riding a bicycle, you can extend the life of your car"and perhaps even your own life (see reason #5).
2) Cycling saves gasoline. You don't burn fossil fuels when you're cycling, so this is one small way you can do your part for the environment.
3) Cycling is a great form of exercise. Bicycling has less impact on your knees than jogging (swimming is even better). It's also a great way to burn calories and, on longer rides, see the countryside and breathe in some fresh air.
4) Pratt is an ideal-sized town for bicycling. Depending upon your fitness level and the weather (wind, temperature, and potential for precipitation), you can generally travel from about any point in town to another in less than 20 minutes. For a typical commute, this equals five to ten minutes longer by bicycle compared to driving a car.
5) Your doctor will appreciate your efforts. With our increasingly sedentary lifestyles, any regular form of physical activity, like bicycling, should improve your well-being and general health; regular cycling also increases the likelihood of a good report at your next doctor's visit.
These are just a few of the many reasons why any day is a good day to ride your bicycle instead of driving. While health issues may prevent some from cycling, most Pratt residents shouldn't have a problem with taking the bicycle instead of the car, even if it's only once or twice a week. Don't wait until tomorrow. Today is the day. Air up those tires and clean and lube that chain. Your bicycle has been missing you!