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Good health - Cycling

Cycling - Benefits of bikes... Why should I cycle?

Because it is . . . . Good for you . . . .

  • Regular cyclists enjoy a fitness level equal to that of a person ten years younger. (Source: National Forum for Coronary Heart Disease Foundation)
  • Cycling at least twenty miles a week reduces the risk of heart disease to less than half that for non-cyclists who take no other exercise.
  • If one third of all short car journeys were made by bike, national heart disease rates would fall by between 5 and 10 percent.
  • During rush-hour, a bicycle is about twice as fast as a car - good if you hate traffic jams!

Because it is . . . . Good For Your Wallet . . . .

  • Bicycles require no road tax, no MOT, no insurance, no licensing, no breakdown recovery services, and above all, no fuel bills!!
  • A bicycle costs very little per year, in terms of maintenance costs, probably less than £30-40 - less if you do a bit yourself. How much does your car cost every year?
  • A good bicycle will last for years, if not decades. How long did your previous car last?
  • A bicycle can be parked just about anywhere, so no more expensive car park bills.

Because it is . . . . Good For Your World . . . .

  • Ten bicycles can be parked in the same space taken up by one car.
  • To make a bicycle requires only a fraction of the materials and energy needed to make a car.
  • Bicycles produce absolutely no pollution - they are a lot quieter too.
  • Cars kill and maim thousands of people every year - bicycles don't.

Pedal your way to good health - Time to get on your bike. A study at the Academy for Sports Sciences in Cologne has shown that cycling is one of the best all-round forms of exercise, benefiting the joints, cardiovascular system and immune system and helping fight back pain. Better still, it's also a good, cheap form of transport. If a child cycles just one mile to school and back each day, they would burn off 12 pounds of fat a year and be healthier as well.

The next time you're going 'just down the road' to the bank, the post office, the newspaper shop, etc, etc, why not just get the bike out ?  Cheaper, easier to park and better for your health.

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