The world is getting warmer and we must all take steps to secure the future of our planet. Our roads are busier, cities congested and the atmosphere more polluted. The daily commute is becoming increasingly stressful and time consuming for drivers, who on average waste the equivalent of 8 months of their life waiting in traffic ques.
One of the ways that people are finding they can make a positive difference is by switching from their car to commute by bike. The cost positives of commuting by bike are clear: cyclists save money on fuel, parking and auto maintenance as well as gym and sports clubs memberships.
The health benefits are also abundant; cyclists are generally more healthy, with the low-weight bearing exercise helping to keep joints and muscles supple. Cycling burns calories and helps to keep the heart functioning healthily. This, in-turn, increases the bodies strength, immune system and the minds coordination. Cycling can be physically therapeutic for people who suffer with arthritis and lower limb injuries. The release of serotonin from the exercise can also be beneficial for mental health and well-being and can help to improve low-mood and increase self-esteem.
Cycling does not cause close-to as much adverse environmental impact as driving; there are no gas emissions and cycle lanes are cheaper to construct and maintain than traditional main roads and highways. Cycle lanes and pathways are often designed more in harmony with nature, lined with trees and hedge ways that can help to home and encourage nature. People who regularly cycle to work, instead of using a car, leave a much smaller carbon footprint than their gas-guzzling counterparts.
The bicycle and cycling industry is booming. And with this, are continuous product innovations that make it easy to find the perfect bike model and accessories to accommodate your daily commute.
Governments are recognising that cycling helps to reduce CO2 emissions and are investing more in cycle infrastructure. Cycle lanes are being worked into city centres and initiatives have been developed to help make the transition from car to bike appealing and cost-incentivised, such as the UK’s Cycle 2 Work Scheme. Local councils are also encouraging cycling by creating scenic cycling routes in open-spaces and country side to reduce the flow of tourism traffic that can have adverse economical and natural affects.
With these global positive steps, plus your own health to consider, there really has never been better time to switch to pedal-power and discover that commuting is better by bike.