Never in my life did I think I’d ever learned anything from bicycling commuting. After all its just a simple machine that you just hop on and ride to get to where you’re going.
Fortunately I learned a lot of great lessons that I think a lot of motorists would also benefit from if they commuted on a bicycle more often. There would be a great deal less road rage, tailgating, cutting other drivers off, running red lights and other unnecessary rudeness that you see on the road.
These great lessons that I learned were awareness, safety, patience and determination.
Awareness Is something that you must practice at all times while bicycle commuting because if you get hit by a 3000 lb vehicle its lights out. You have to look before crossing roads. Signal when changing lanes and stop at all red lights or stop signs.
Safety Should be the most important thing when riding on the road by watching for motorists that are turning while not paying attention or backing out of parking spots or driveways. And always wear a helmet.
Patience While riding a bicycle it takes longer to get to where you’re going but also teaches you to slow down. This skill has crossed over to my driving and as a result a much safer driver.
Determination Is one of my favorites because you have to be very determined when it comes to riding up a hill but teaches you to not give up no matter how tough the task it. Soon you’ll be accomplishing other tasks in your daily life that you never thought you could do before.
Plus you can go and see things that you normally would miss while driving.