It’s always reassuring to read an article or watch a news story that reaffirms something you’ve known or suspected all along. In this case, I’m talking about an article in Momentum Magazine that espouses the health benefits of urban cycling.

As the term suggests, “urban cycling” is just that: using a bicycle as transportation to get around your city or town. Commuting to work, school, or just going for a leisurely ride downtown? That’s urban cycling.

What Makes Urban Cycling So Healthy?

Plain and simple, a sedentary lifestyle (sitting too much) can kill. We all get health benefits from being more active, and for the most part we could all stand (no pun intended) to be a little more active. Urban cycling gets you out from behind the driver’s wheel or off the passenger seat and on a bicycle pedaling, moving your arms, and legs, and boosting your heart and breathing rate (and even if you opt for an electric bike, which provides a pedal assist when you need it uphill or on long commutes, you’re still getting a good workout).

According to the article, The Truth About Urban Cycling and Its Health Benefits, commuter and recreational cycling decreases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes; cycling commuters live longer; they are 45% less likely to have cancer, and cycling reduces risk of death from cardiovascular conditions by 52%. It’s hard to argue with numbers like that! (Read the full article at Momentum Magazine.)

Folders: Engineered for Safety, Function, and Comfort

If the prospect of a full-sized bicycle in an urban setting has you a little uneasy, consider a folding bicycle. Easy to fold, transport, and then unfold and GO, a folding bicycle can go practically anywhere you can, whether that’s from home to the office and back, the shopping mall, on a commuter train or bus, or even on vacation (most folders fit easily into car trunks or pickup beds so you won’t need a bike rack or to curtail your biking while you’re on vacation).

In particular, OYAMA folders are refined and highly engineered bicycles that provide smooth, comfortable rides, and just because they’re small, doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice safety or function.

  • OYAMA folding bicycles are optimized for portability, but they ride big. These are not tiny bikes that are difficult or uncomfortable to ride, or that make riders hard-to-see.
  • In addition to their comfort and style, OYAMA folders are engineered for maneuverability and to handle well in traffic.
  • OYAMA folding bikes also include fenders, kickstands, and courtesy bells (perfect for alerting others when in busy, tight space), plus rear racks for when you need a convenient way to transport “stuff” while you’re on the move.
More to Like About Urban Biking

Your pocketbook (or wallet) will thank you. Bikes cost less to buy and maintain than cars, plus they cost less to park. And with a bike, you can avoid costly taxi and ride-sharing services, which add up in the long-run.

Your stress levels will thank you: when you’re on a bike, you won’t get as snarled up in traffic as you would when driving or riding in a car, plus you won’t have to hunt for and pay for parking.

Take it With You

A folding bicycle can add mobility, freedom, and a sense of adventure to your lifestyle, not to mention give you a physical and mental health boost. With more than 50 years of mechanical and design expertise, OYAMA Bikes builds 200+ varieties of practical, functional, and innovative folding bikes for active mobile cyclists. Known for their amazing ride quality and functionality, OYAMA bikes offer quality, utility, comfort, and style and are distributed in the United States by Foldaway Solutions of Covina, CA.

Check an OYAMA bike out today.