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Perhaps your next article on cyclists could cover the economic value and eco-friendliness of riding.

Commuting by bike could save companies billions of yen in commuter pass expenses, reduce the need to build more train lines and reduce national health cost by promoting a healthier lifestyle.

Cycling has been described as a more energy efficient form of transportation. A few extra calories can propel a rider all day. Natural gas, petroleum and nuclear energy are needed less to fuel cars and run trains, reducing our carbon footprint. Fewer cars on the road could reduce the heat sink effect in our cities. We could slow global climate change by promoting cycling.

The opinions expressed in this letter to the editor are the writer’s own and do not necessarily reflect the policies of The Japan Times.

eric eguina

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