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Murphy Letter - 05/10/09

There is something detached and surreal about effortlessly driving a temperature controlled fiberglass and metal box (car) from point A to point B. You never experience the actual journey or notice the beauty of the landscape. I say it's time to use pedal-powered transport. Stop being a car drone. Ride a bike.

National Bike Month - which started May 1st - reminds us that there are really no good excuses not to ride our bikes. After all, biking is not only good for the environment, it's good for the mind, body and soul. As H.G. Wells said, "Every time I see an adult on a bicycle, I no longer despair for the future of the human race."

According to experts, every mile traveled by bike instead of by car prevents approximately one pound of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere. The U.S. Department of Transportation says that 87 percent of daily trips occur in cars, when 50 percent of the trips in America can be made by a bike ride in less than 20 minutes.

So how about it? Start your work day with a healthier glow. Lose weight and enjoy the gorgeous summer weather. All you have to do is get up a little earlier every day and ride your bike to work. Enjoy the beautiful summer mornings and evenings, feel the thrill of being outdoors, watching sunrises and sunsets, listen to the wind in the trees and feel it on your face. Bring some pleasure to your now automaton commute.

Remember - National Bike to Work Week is May 11 through 15, and National Bike to Work Day is Friday, May 15. And special events are scheduled throughout the month by your local bike clubs.

Brian Murphy

Owner

Conte's Bicycles and Fitness of Conyers