If you travel to Europe, one of the first things you will notice is that the people there spend more time outdoors. They enjoy walking and cycling. Cities that have grown up from the roots of medieval towns have downtown areas that are filled with narrow pedestrianized streets. Some cafés even have outdoor seating that remains open in the cooler weather with the addition of scattered blankets. In North America, we have been hesitant to adopt this lifestyle that forces us to slow down and step outside. We like the protection, not to mention speed and security, of our automobiles. With a little adjustment of attitude and the help of an e-bike, you can enjoy going outdoors again.
Besides the fact that an e-bike conserves resources and produces less waste, there are many reasons to leave the car at home and get out in your community on your e-bike.
Being out in nature is restorative. We know this, but sometimes we forget it. As Henry David Thoreau wrote, “We need the tonic of wildness…At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be indefinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable. We can never have enough of nature.” It is a truth we have forgotten, as we work too much and fill our time with tasks we convince ourselves must be completed, we dismiss one of the simplest ways to find contentment.
When you are relaxed by an enjoyable ride through town or into the woods (as Thoreau would recommend), you will find that you are able to renew your focus, your mood improves, and your body gains health benefits. The convenience of an e-bike helps you get outside and take advantage of these great benefits.
In a society that has embraced the belief that it is better to keep kids safe inside than allow them to run around town unsupervised as we once did, it is not surprising that we have lost the joy that comes from cycling with our friends, feeling the warmth of the sunshine or the coolness of the breeze created by our own speed. Not only can we recapture this joy, we can share it with the next generation. Family game night is great. Family bike rides are amazing.
Whether you fit in time outdoors by commuting on your e-bike, taking off on the weekend, or fitting in an evening ride, enjoy this simple joy in life. Getting outdoors improves your physical and mental health, creating advantages that will carry over into many other areas of life. Work with greater focus. Get restful sleep. Relieve aches and pains. Lose weight. And maybe best of all, build relationships with those you share these e-bike rides with.
Nature offers free gifts in every season. Ride in summer to reach the closest beach and cool off with friends. Experience the first signs of new life in spring as fresh scents fill the air. Enjoy the glorious colors of fall from the back of your e-bike. Even winter can provide spectacular shimmering views and exhilarating e-bike rides. Whatever the season, hop on your e-bike and get outdoors.