In 1817 a German born inventor named Karl von Drais created a two-wheeled, pedal-less device that was propelled by pushing your feet against the ground. This early incarnation of the horseless carriage, eventually led to what we know today as the bicycle. Dubbed the “Swiftwalker”, Drais’ machine was constructed mainly of wood, with iron rims and leather-covered tires. It was nearly as heavy as the animal it was invented to replace and super lame for popping wheelies. I’d like to think that if Gary had invented the bicycle that today we’d be riding devices that also brewed the perfect cup of coffee by the time we arrived at our destination, but I digress…
Since 1956 the US has recognized May as National Bike Month, but with so many perks for body and planet, we like pushing pedals every chance we get. Cycling’s health benefits are numerous with science showing it positively affects everything from posture and balance, to Alzheimer’s and obesity. It’s easier on joints than running, and increases endurance, flexibility and muscle strength so that you can do more of what you like, longer.
Tired of seeing Earth trashed? Leaving your vehicle at home will cut down on noise and air pollution. Cars create nearly a POUND of pollution PER MILE annually. Cycling uses minimal fossil fuels, creates zero smog, and reduces the need to manufacture, service, and dispose of gas-guzzlers. Using your bike for short trips and errands also goes a long way toward supporting local businesses and building your community. Bikes are way faster in rush hour traffic too!
Albert Einstein said, “Life is like riding a bicycle, to keep your balance, you must keep moving.” Whether you cycle for better health, to protect the environment or to show your neighborhood some love, team Highwave hopes you’ll get out there and enjoy the ride.