You can probably guess where I stand on global climate change, but let's assume that the skeptics are right.
Suppose global warming is a myth, we're at the tail end of a natural warming cycle, and that everything is about to get back to normal. Let's say that even with peak oil, the scientists and industry leaders manage to develop technology that lets us seamlessly transition to new sources of alternative, renewable, sustainable, eco-friendly energy.
We all get to live happily ever after in a dynamic global free-market utopia where there are jobs for everyone and nobody has to give up their car.
If that happened, would there still a reason to ride your bike, aside from pure recreation?
I'd say yes, because this isn't just about saving the planet, or even your own health. Riding bikes is an adventure, a time and place and way to experience the world that's way more exciting than watching life through a screen.
In fact, if you're reading this right now, shame on you! It's a beautiful day.
Turn off your computer and go out and ride.