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One of the joys about childhood, for sure, is learning to ride the bicycle. Everyone at some time in their childhood would have learnt bicycle, which won't be forgotten in lifetime. Learning bicycle is one of the learnings, which a human being does not forget in entire lifespan, other learning which can't be forgotten are education, skating, walking, talking, language, swimming.

Bicycle is human powered vehicle. It's the first human means of transport, invented by the German Baron Karl von Drais, and is regarded as the forerunner of the modern bicycle. It was introduced by Drais to the public in Mannheim in summer 1817 and in Paris in 1818. In ancient days, bicycle was one the mean of transport, but today bicycle usage has been declined considerably and replaced by bikes and cars.

In todays world, IT engineers contribute to almost 60% of total engineers. We all are well aware with the lifestyle of an IT engineer, where we lack the minimum exercise required by our body or even professional similar to IT are facing similar issues. We almost spend more than 10 hours a day sitting in front of computer, without giving proper exercise to our body. The minimum requirement for a healthy body is to have about 20 mins of aerobic exercise 3 times a week. Bicycle being the best aerobic exercise, will surely help our body to have proper aerobic exercise which is essential. It also helps to reduce tension, burning-out the fat and help to keep normal blood pressure. Now days, IT engineers should concentrate on their body as we see the risk of blood pressure, sugar are induced in early ages as compared to previous generations. Commuting by bicycle reduces pollution that causes asthma and bronchitis. Cycling exercise the heart better than walking without the pounding of jogging. One can ride a bicycle almost anywhere, at any time of the year, and at low cost. Bicycle

Now, it's time to emphasis the benefits of using bicycle considering the current situation of our environment, so it would be the stepping stone towards saving our environment. It's time to realize these benefits considering our environment in the long term.

Bicycle helps to save the non renewable resources like petrol and diesel, which someday would be exhausted. Imagine the situation without petrol/diesel or imagine days not far away from now, where the prices of petrol and diesel would be out of our reach. We can tend towards the direction of saving the non renewable resources for some time more by the use of bicycle.

Other important point is reducing pollution by usage of bicycle, some of the data gathered from the internet are as below :
"There are around 200 million motorcycles in use worldwide or about 33 motorcycles per 1000 people. This compares to around 590 million cars, or about 91 per 1000 people. Most of the motorcycles, 58%, are in the developing countries of Asia - Southern and Eastern Asia, and the Asia Pacific countries, excluding Japan - while 33% of the cars (195 million) are concentrated in the United States and Japan. As of 2002, India with an estimated 37 million motorcycles/mopeds was home to the largest number of motorised two wheelers in the world. China came a close second with 34 million motorcycles/mopeds"

Consider these numbers of vehicle, which are contributes to road dust and vehicle emissions. To understand air pollution you can consider a simple schematic that divides a big problem into components.
1. Local effects -e.g. poisoning humans breathing bad air.
2. Regional effects - fallout from airborne pathogens - infections, particles, chemicals.
3. Global effects - changing interactions between the atmosphere, oceans and the sun, weather effects, effects on plants and the ocean biosphere.
All these are contributing to imbalance in our ecosystem, which is impacting the natural process of weather and seasons. Today if we observe, we see that we are not getting proper rain on time which drastically impacting the agriculture.

The other benefit of usage of a bicycle is to help reduce the sound pollution. Bike and car are increasing the sound level in our ecosystem which is impacting our mind. Sound level is disturbing our concentration and also leads to decrease of our productivity

Compared with bike and car the investment/maintenance cost is too low. The benefits are much more helpful to a human being like in terms of health, pollution, sound , non renewable resources,etc. It's an environment friendly, cheap and healthy

We all should encourage our self to use bicycle instead of bikes/cars where ever possible. Its common attitude of a human being saying, if I alone implement, it will not workout until everyone implements, we need to change this attitude as this attitude is taking us nowhere. We should not forget that drop by drop makes an ocean. So instead of thinking about others, let's start implementing by our self which will surely contribute in the long run.

We should not forget to use a helmet which is very essential while riding the bicycle and keep our self safe.