Traveling by Bicycle: Exploring a New Mode of Transportation


The other day I traveled across town by bicycle on a scorching summer day to visit a friend and take a dip in his pool.

Along the way I was halted by the train that blazes through Tucson on its daily route. As the other cars had to remain a certain distance away, I pulled my bike right up to the cross section.

As the multi-colored train whistled and blew by with flashes of kaleidoscopic intensity, I thought to myself how easy it would be to jump aboard, or misstep and fall into the dash of racing colors. I looked back and saw the line of cars, people boxed in like sardines, unable to take in such an intimate aspect of Tucson culture. My bike, had graciously given me front row seats.

Traveling by bicycle.

Whether you live in Metropolis, the suburbs or the boonies, there is always more to ogle and take in when traveling by bike.

Since trading in the tread of my 2010 Nissan Versa for the simple treads of my 1930’s vintage Schwinn, I have become intricately more observant of my hometown. Noticing cracks, hidden alleyways, micro-cultures and spastic graffiti around town, can all be attributed to pedaling my way through my quirky city.

It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle. ~ Ernest Hemingway

photo by eBike Shed Ltd

Expand your Viewpoint by Bicycle

There’s something about being on a bike that gives you a different perspective on the world. You’re more exposed to your surroundings, and you move at a slower pace, which allows you to embrace and enjoy nature to the fullest. Cycle touring is a great way to explore places, and experience new opportunities for adventure, and it can also be a great way to meet new people. By choosing the destination, you can easily find the best tour for you. The visitors of the Dalmatian Coast can experience Cycle Croatia, a great example of a cycle tour that offers an incredible opportunity to explore a beautiful country. It will take you through some of the most stunning scenery in Croatia, and it’s a great way to experience the culture and history of this amazing country. 

Wherever you are in the world, venturing out by bike will expand your peripheral vision. Whether you are planning a trip around your hometown or seek to enlighten your senses in a foreign land, seek out a bicycle (there are plenty of bike rentals abroad).

Then be prepared for your senses to sponge, becoming keen and absorbent as they take in all your surroundings. On bike, you will soak up things you can’t emotionally or physically consume when constricted to the confines of a car. On bike, you will witness the movement, hear the noises and feel the subtleties of life.

Open up to the world

On your next bicycle adventure open your eyes and your mouth, use all your sense to marvel and savor your experience. Your bike is your ticket to the front row seats of life’s magnificent and complex arena.

You may be amazed at all the little sweet and sour intricacies of life you may have missed before. If it’s a new land you travel, try taking the same route by bike twice and take note of what’s different and what stayed the same.

Your bike is your vehicle to explore your own curiosity and the hidden facets of the world!

Do you travel by bicycle? What are some of your best bike adventures?


About Author

Since a young age Jenna has always had an undeviating desire to explore the world and all its hidden niches. This desire has catapulted her willingly into some of the most memorable experiences of her life! Starting with delivering shoes to underserved villages in the Dominican Republic to bussing it down through Mexico and Central America, she currently lives and works in Cochabamba, Bolivia and believes experiencing first hand what foreign culture is really like, serves as her ultimate passion.

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