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There are many benefits to using a bike as your regular mode of transport, including personal health benefits, social benefits, cost benefits, and environmental benefits. Here we give you the low down on them all:
Personal health benefits
There are many health and fitness benefits to cycling, and research has shown that people who cycle regularly have a fitness level equal to that of a person who is ten years younger, and they can reduce their risk of heart disease by nearly half. And if thatís not enough to get you cycling during rush hour periods, did you know that a bike travels twice as fast as a car in busy traffic, which is great news for your stress levels!
These days there are many different bike clubs and cycling associations operating in the UK that allow you to get out on the open road and make new friends in the process. Whether you choose a weekly bike ride in the country or a weeklong cycling holiday, you will have the opportunity to meet new people and hopefully make lots of friends.
If you want to get involved in a cycling holiday or join a cycling club, you donít necessarily have to own your own bike because there are plenty of bike hire firms across the UK from which you can rent a bicycle or lease a bike for a day, week, or even a month.
Bikes do not require road tax, MOT, insurance, breakdown recovery services, or fuel, making cycling a very cost effective, and much cheaper, form of travel than driving. It is estimated that a regularly used bike needs around £50 worth of maintenance a year but we all know a car costs much more than this run per year. In addition, a bike can be parked just about anywhere but cars often have to be parked in expensive car parks, especially in city centres.
Finally, there are many environmental advantages that come with riding bicycles, such as taking up less space as 20 bikes can be parked in one car parking space, and bikes produce no pollution, unlike cars and other forms of transport. In addition, a bicycle needs just a fraction of the materials and energy needed to make a car, and perhaps more importantly cars and other motor vehicles cause the death or wounding of thousands of people each year whereas serious bike accidents are few and far between.
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