Most people choose to cycle to work, as a means of getting or staying in shape. As the UK once again celebrated ‘Cycle To Work Day’ on September 14th, many more would have joined the cycle trails.
Whatever be the stats, cycling to work is a great way to exercise and keep fit. The celebrations can continue well beyond Sept. 14th.
Depending on the length of your work commute, if you’ve never cycled longish distances before, here are some important facts you may need to know.
Research carried out among 9,752 cyclists reveals that 7% of the UKs working population, cycles for their commute. An estimated £38,000 was saved over 10 years, by those who switched from the car or public transport to the bike.
While many took advantage of their organisations cycle-to-work scheme to help fund new bikes, the key issue was health. Hence, getting fit was more important than everything else. The research also revealed that of almost 10,000 cyclists polled, around 77% cited health reasons as their main motivation to start cycling to work. Around 74% also said that cycling was an easy way to build exercise into day, without spending time in a gym.
The other advantages include, joining cycling clubs, cycling for charity, spending more time with family; avoiding rush hour traffic, feeling less stressed and overall getting a good start to the workday.