Though bicycles have been a mode of transport in America since the late 1880s, according to Wikipedia, ridership dropped off dramatically in the United States between 1900 and 1910 as bicycles gradually became considered children’s toys, and automobiles became the preferred means of transportation.

As a recent study by market research company Mordor Intelligence points out, “Individuals all across the globe are increasingly becoming more aware of their fitness, which is eventually resulting in the growing demand for the bicycle as an alternative way of transport.”

“Will these new cyclists stick with the bike once things settle on some kind of new normal? And will their numbers and the new riding landscape we’re all experiencing lead to permanent, positive change and safer places to pedal?” Outside writes. “Some in the bike world think the answer to both questions is yes.”

The health benefits of such a switch are undeniable. As a low-impact aerobic exercise, cycling is hard to beat. It is a great way to avoid a sedentary lifestyle and its accompanying health issues. According to Healthline, among the benefits of cycling are its abilities to lower body fat levels and promote healthy weight management while being easy on your body. Without overstressing your body, cycling can increase your metabolism and build muscle.

Focusing on the road while you are cycling helps develop concentration and awareness of “the present moment,” Healthline adds. Biking can ease feelings of stress, depression or anxiety, and it is especially useful when going places that are a bit too far to walk, but you would rather not take a car and fight for a parking space.

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