Did you know there are more than one billion bikes in the world? Bicycles were introduced in the 19th century and have been used for transport, recreation, exercise and sport. Bicycles provide numerous benefits in comparison with motor vehicles, including the sustained physical exercise involved in cycling, easier parking, increased maneuverability, and access to roads, bike paths and trails.
Cycling also offers a reduced consumption of fossil fuels, less air and noise pollution and reduced traffic congestion. This leads to less financial cost to the user as well as to society at large (negligible damage to roads, less road area required, etc.). In addition, cycling provides a variety of health benefits. The World Health Organization states that cycling can reduce the risk of cancers, heart disease and diabetes that are prevalent in sedentary lifestyles. Individuals who cycle regularly report mental health improvements, including less perceived stress and better vitality.
Riding a bicycle brings you closer to your surroundings, actively engaged in the environment and immersed in life’s details that can escape through the blur of a car windshield. The rhythm of the pedaling mixed with the sights and sounds of a beach community, such as here on Galveston Island, have been the start and substance of many of life’s greatest experiences whether a child or a kid-at-heart.
At Salt Water Gift Shop, we have the ideal bicycle beach cruiser, tandem bike, or four-wheeled surrey bike for you. These comfortable bicycles make it a breeze to take in the views of coastal waves crashing upon the sandy shore or leave you energized to tour the city with all its charm. And, if you add in the elements that make Galveston Island so special – sun, fun, gulf breezes, history, architecture, nature and more – you’re in for an especially unique ride. Rent your bike at Salt Water and get started on your exciting bicycle tour of Galveston