With cost of petrol soaring and everyone wanting to get in shape for their summer holiday, we take a look at the health and money benefits of swapping your car for your bike.
It’s Cheaper than a New Car
Can you imagine how stressful it is to get a car loan? It can also be pricey at times and might pay off to think outside the box. Cycling;can be a good alternative and don’t forget, bikes have been used as a form of transportation for over 200 years, or maybe it’s just time to get fit and save some extra pennies. Rather than saving up for years or risk more debt, you can simply cut costs by just buying a regular road bike and save over £1,000 in travel costs.
Less environmental impact
Cycling is one of the eco-friendliest ways of commuting and one in ten adults cycle at least once a week. There’s a lot of potential with sustainable bike design; including using eco-friendly materials like bamboo and a newly constructed road, mountain or hybrid bike won’t emit pollutants to our air and water. In an effort to encourage more people to take up biking, cities like London, with one of the highest road pollution and congested roads in the UK are investing tons of money in creating more bicycle paths throughout the city; particularly near the city’s main roads which is great for those of you who are toying with the idea of commuting!
Cheap in maintenance costs
Cycling is bliss compared to cars or public transport as they require very little maintenance costs. A regular bike only needs minor maintenance once in a while and on average, cost just about £230 a year which is more like pumping air into your tires and replacing parts. The good news is bikes do not require an MOT or road tax. Coupled with high petrol prices, cars require costly routine maintenance, annual insurance costs, parking tickets, garage fees and much more.
Cycling regularly will definitely improve your health right now and in the years to come. Cycling does not just get you from point A to B, It’s excellent for toning muscles, maintaining strong bones and flexibility. On top of that, regularly riding your bike gives you a fitness level equal to that of a person 10 years younger, burn over 8000 calories a month, help reduce your chances of cardiovascular diseases and other numerous heart conditions. For extra adrenaline rush, take up mountain biking ( biking on rough terrains) in addition to your daily biking, if you have the time for it and want to try something new. This way, cycling will start to become fully integrated as a hobby, not just a means of transportation.
It May Even Save Time!
Depending on your location, riding your bike may even be quicker than hopping in a car or going by public transport. Check out a map to compare different modes of transportation, cycling is usually quicker than public transport and going by car can be faster but don’t forget the benefits of cycling. With traffic jammed cities, it’s definitely easier to get on a bike and find your way through the city. That’s why bike messengers are common in packed, metropolitan cities across Europe. Furthermore, bicyclists don’t often have to wait for traffic build-up due to vehicular accidents, road construction and rush hour traffic.
For those that cycle often, kudos. To those still considering it I’d say may hay while the sun shines as there is no better time to start riding a bike other than now.
For more tips on biking to regularly or every now and then, check out my blog at http://bikechap.blogspot.co.uk/