Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Monterey Bay area, California
Bikes: Terratrike Tour, recumbent tadpole tricycle.
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Just a little anecdote on my personal reasons for bicycling, I find biking to be less stressful than driving, even though there's still the same ratio of lousy drivers with their lousy attitudes.
When I used to drive as fast as they did, I felt like I was in a chariot race, where some part of me wanted to take them down in a big way, so my stress levels would skyrocket, and then the bad mood went along with me when I got home, or went into the grocery market, bad moods are infectious. (So are good moods.) Once the chariot racers go out of sight when I'm cycling, I forget about it because of the degree of focus being on a bike requires. Plus it's changed my attitude toward getting there ahead of everyone else, or "winning the chariot race".