Study Reveals People Who Bike or Walk to Work Enjoy Their Commutes More Than Drivers

Ah, the daily commute. Whether you bike to work or hoof it on foot, according to a new study, you certainly enjoy your daily commute to and from the office more than folks who drive or take public transportation.

Research from Portland State University revealed that participants in a Portland, Oregon-based survey indicated commuting under your own power “increases commute well-being.”

What is that, you ask? Um, happiness for starters. Biking made people the happiest and walking was close behind. As for the lowest level of well-being? People who drove automobiles alone.

In addition, the study indicated that people who earn over $75,000 annually and are happy with their job and housing situation were more likely to say they were happy with their commuting situation. Factors that impacted overall commuting well-being were related to traffic, crowded transit vehicles, safety concerns (this was high for bikers), and lengthy travel times exceeding 40 minutes.