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Physical benefits, sure, but it helps mental health

Post by News Tribune Staff on May 14, 2008 at 12:11 pm with No Comments »
May 14, 2008 12:11 pm

Exercise is nice, but that’s not why Kurt Fritts rides his bike to work. The 37-year-old Tacoma man rides to downtown Tacoma every morning, loads his bike onto a bus and then pedals to his office at Washington Conservation Voters in Seattle. Environmental, financial and mental-health concerns encouraged him to ditch his car on the commute.

"Doing the Seattle-Tacoma drive by myself every day would drive me insane," he said.

"I much prefer to work/read/sleep on the bus than to drive by myself with nothing to do but stare at the car in front of me, even if it takes me an additional 20 minutes," adding that the bus is often faster during rush-hour commutes.

Fritts also calls driving to and from Seattle every day a non-starter, citing global-warming concerns. And using a bicycle saves gas money, parking money in Seattle and has allowed his family to get by with one car – which means they pay less on insurance and maintenance costs.

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