5 Reasons To Choose a Bicycle Pass Over a Bus Pass

Catherine Smith is a student at the College of Saint Mary and an ISA Featured Photo Blogger. She is currently studying abroad with ISA in Valencia, Spain.

In Valencia, Spain, bicycle riding is a way of reliable transportation for many of the city residents. With bicycle lanes and the Valencia public bike sharing (Valenbisi) kiosks scattered about the streets, it is very easy and safe to rely on this mode of transportation while studying abroad in Valencia. Not to say that the Valencia public transportation system isn’t reliable or efficient, because many times it has gotten me where I need to be in this huge metropolis.  But, if you really want to fully experience the Valencian way of life, grab yourself a Valenbisi pass and hop on a bicycle, because the city is waiting!

1. You Can Stop and Smell the Roses.

Pointe De Los Flores.

On a bicycle, you have way more freedom to get off and enjoy all of the beauty that is scattered around Valencia. From parks and bridges covered in a vast array of flowers to the endless rows of palm trees that line the streets and riverbeds. Sure, you can see these things from the bus, but let’s be real, seeing it from a window is not the same. So do yourself and Valencia the favor of admiring each and every beautiful sign of life you see growing while on your bike ride.

2. You Can Take the Scenic Route.

Riverbed in Valencia.

Could you see this view from the bus? I think not.

3. You Get to Spend More Time With Your Friends.

Riding your bicycle 30 minutes to school and back everyday isn’t so bad when you have your friends riding alongside of you. After a while you start to look forward to your daily rides together!

4. You Get Your Exercise in For the Day. 

Taking in the whole city on a bicycle seems a lot less dreadful than being at the gym for an hour. Not to mention a Valenbisi pass for the whole year is only $30. It’s a win win situation!

5. You Reduce your Carbon Footprint.

Just knowing that you are doing your part to help the environment is enough incentive to ditch the bus pass and trade it in for a bicycle pass. Because let’s admit it, saving the planet is fun (and so is riding a bike)!

Valenbisi station.

The world awaits…discover it.


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