Cycling is cheap, green and good for you — and a great way to make short, everyday journeys. All you need is an ordinary bike — nothing fancy — on which to pedal to work, to school, to the shops ... or to see friends. There's no need to speed: cycling slowly means you see more along the way and you don't break into a sweat In fact if you like slow cycling, there's a Facebook group just for you!
• Steady cycling uses about 300 calories an hour, and cycling for 30 minutes a day will burn 5kg (11lb) of fat in a year. Major gains are likely to be made in 15 weeks, and any weight lost will stay off unless you start eating more. That 30 minutes of daily cycling will reduce the risk of coronary heart disease by 50%.Who needs to waste time and money on a gym?
• Mental health is improved, especially if a bike gives you the independence you had been lacking
• You become part of the solution to traffic jams, not part of the problem
• The bike is non-polluting — using it produces no greenhouse gases or particulates
Cycling can be the fastest and most predictable way to get to work — there are no traffic jams or timetables. Cycle commuters are more likely to arrive at work on time, and cyclists are less likely to take time off work because of illness.
The cost of riding a bike is ridiculously low, especially when compared with using a car or catching a bus.
Isn't it dangerous?
Yes, there is risk to cycling — but people also slip in the bath. The ratio of life-years gained through better health (because of cycling) to life years lost (to cycling injuries) is 20:1
You've read this far ...
... now get a bike and just go out and try it! Most other people on bikes are very friendly and happy to offer advice.
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