While Karl’s post Things You Don’t See When You Drive is rather more spectacular than anything I can offer, today did give a good example of another benefit to cycling.
There are many things that are too easy to miss. Today I needed some A3 printing and set out for Leicester where I knew there were a number of options. But as I was cycling I was not on the Thurmaston bypass and so I noticed what I have cycled past many times but not registered, namely Thurmaston Print Shop. So I saved a total of 10 miles and supported a small local business while saving money (the extra travel cost is more than any slightly higher price).
One of the many problems of a car culture is that we miss (as in don’t see) the local options for shopping, leisure and even for work.
This is not just inconvenient and time wasting for us but it also destroys the communities in which we live. Thurmaston is a better place for having small local businesses that employ people and provide services for the whole community.
If you live in Syston you would never drive through Thurmaston, there is a dual carriageway bypass and the road through Thurmaston has lots of speed humps. So if you drive then you will miss out.
If you drive then what are you missing in your local community?