Sometimes riding a bike has the simplest reason

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Woman with her Raleigh bike in Ottawa

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Summertime and the opportunity to get outside…

“I need to get some exercise.”

Photographer’s notes: Summertime and people are drawn outside. And people can feel the sunshine and want to be better, feel better. Riding a bike… one of the easiest ways to get fit without noticing the effort because it simply is such fun.

I came across this rider taking a rest alongside the Rideau Canal on one of the benches and we chatted about getting out in the summer, enjoying the chance to get exercise and not be trapped inside the gym. It just seems easier. And riding a bike means you get to go further, see more. It is one of the reasons I run for immediate fitness, but ride for a lifestyle. Far better to get to and cover 40 or more kilometres, see the city, the countryside.

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