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Go Bike

24 June 2014, 12:01

So, you’ve just paid R1.6 Million for a fancy car. You are sitting in Gauteng traffic, frustrated, because you are late for a meeting due to another traffic light outage, and the Outsurance guy is nowhere to be seen. This meeting ensures that you keep your car, but at least, you are nice, snug and comfortable in the cold weather, and hey, you look great!

As your blood pressure rises when yet another taxi driver almost scratches your recently polished vehicle by pushing in front of you, this guy, warmly dressed come past with a smile on his face. Why? He spent around R17,000 on a new Bike, he’s skipping all traffic, he's getting 23KM per liter of fuel and the gear he has on, keeps him warm and dry. Plus, if the bike gets scratched, who cares!? It’s off-road any way and made for playing on weekends.

As this reality sinks in, you see a splash of dirty water on your already clean windscreen, the homeless guy smiles at you and asks for payment.

You snap!

Forget the image! Go Bike… It’s better for the environment, cheaper, faster, less stressful and if there are less cars on the road with bikes increasing in numbers, safety will not really be an issue any more. Come on, this is common sense. Gauteng is known to be the financial HUB in SA, which means we have to have many smart people, but people are tolerating their own torture when they have the power to change it. Sure, not EVERYONE can do bike, but if you are able to, why not? I do not expect the poor 91-year-old veteran to get on a bike, or someone dropping off the kids, but if we can reduce daily car traffic by 50-80%, we should go for it! A LOT of people travel solo, you are the ones whom should do bikes

There are more alternatives arising these days. Electric bicycles are even cheaper than bikes, plus, you get the benefit of doing moderate exercise daily, which is fantastic! You don’t have to kill yourself, but still get active. Bicycle infrastructure is however a concern in SA, we need more bicycle lanes, but if we start getting more bicycles and using them, the demand will start forcing things in that direction. We can all live cheaper and healthier, but we must start taking some action

I have a BigBoy TSR 250 (described above), but there are many great bikes you can buy, and they are really not that expensive. A lot of them have luxury elements like heated grips i.e. the BMW GS 650, which a bit more expensive, but just for commuting to work and back, what a pleasure! Keep the fancy vehicles for the weekend; commute with bikes during the week

Just do it :)

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