If your only set of wheels is a car, reconsider. Bike commuting is actually five times safer than driving, according to a new study from University College in London.

Researchers recorded how frequently cyclists and drivers were admitted to hospitals for crashes between 2007 and 2009 in England. The results: Bikers ages 17 to 20 were admitted 11 times for every million miles they rode, while drivers were admitted 32 times.

Researchers blame young drivers for the discrepancy. When you learn to ride a bike, you more or less pick it up immediately. When you learn to drive a car? Not so much.

But just because spring is still a few months out, it doesn’t mean you should nix the idea. Here are five reasons to consider a bike commute -- on those warmer days or every day (if you’re not a victim of winter weather).

For suggestions on what might work for you, check out our picks for the Best Bikes From $500 To $5,000.

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