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Cycling to work is a great way to keep fit. It is by far one of the more easier ways to keep fit and can be incorporated into your daily routine. It helps people meet recommended physical activity guidelines, improves mental health and well-being, and reduces the risk of ill-health. Some of the main benefits for cycling to work can include:

• saving money over commuting by car and car parking/petrol expenses
• helping the environment by keeping the number of cars off the road thus reducing carbon emissions
• getting yourself in shape by building your cardiovascular fitness

People who cycle regularly in mid-adulthood typically enjoy a level of fitness equivalent to someone 10 years younger than themselves; and how many calories you use up whilst cycling depends on your weight, height, age and how fast you ride but generally speaking, cycling burns around 5 calories a minute.

The more alarming news is that a lack of exercise can make you ill, and obesity is a serious and constant public health concern. In 2013, almost a third of children aged 2 – 15 were classed as either overweight or obese and without action, 60% of men, 50% of women and 25% of children will be obese by 2050 in the UK – and cost the NHS £10 billion p.a.

According to the Road Use Statistics 2016 Report relased by the Department for Transport, the most common means of transport is by car for all age, gender, and income groups. Worryingly, the National Travel Survey 2014 suggests that about 8% of the population aged five+ cycles three or more times a week (equating to around 5.1 million people in Great Britain) and that 65% cycle less than once a year, or never (equating to about 41.4 million people in Great Britain).

If your employer has participated in the Government-lead ‘Cycle to Work Scheme’, then you can partake in this tax-efficient scheme that allows employers to buy and hire out bikes to their staff for a regular payment – the employee can then buy the bike at market value at the end of the loan period. It is a fantastic incentive for those who regularly travel to work via car and are looking for an alternative method to getting stuck in traffic during your morning commute.

Next time you are in Halfords, Evans Cycles or any other participating retailer, why not get yourself a bike, set some goals and enjoy a healthier commute to work!
Recent Comments
It really gauls me to see this. Agencies are the worst for sending people large distances to work In their miles dont matter attitude. When i do have a local job there is either no facility to lock the bike securely or its round the back somewhere where people can work on your lock in all seclusion or there are no locker facilities to put helmet shoes clothing change bag etc. A real pie in the sky comment for the majority of people. And the government are as bad, if we can reduce commute distances, we'll also ease congestion. Many cities have spent £millions in grant money putting in cycle lanes etc Yet there is no drive to encouage people to look For ways to reduce commuting distances. We cant all do 20 miles each way.
Coin westbrook, 15/06/16
Colin - i do agree generally with your point here. I have to say well done for Dan cycling to work - indeed I cycled to work for a good few years and really enjoyed it - though that's in preston which is very different to birmingham, manchester or london. I also agree with your point re commuting distances. It's difficult sometimes with the challenge of limited land space to make room for everything but most large organisations should be able to provide cover - certainly if they can provide a smoking shelter.. I can only speak on behalf of scs, but our training program for consultants includes always asking what distance / time people are happy to commute - of course the UK is an interesting mix of both rural, semi rural and highly urbanised areas not always reflected in where the job vacancies lie. if you do like cycling to work, please do always tell your consultant and they should be able to enquire if there are safe facilities for your bike. (advance apologies if the format of this comment looks wrong due to the options available to me to write this comment). thanks again for your comment though,
Richard freye, 15/06/16
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