Five Reasons Why You Should Buy a Bike
Do you ever wonder why you see so many cyclists on the road? Cycling remains one of the most popular, all-purpose activities for people from all walks of life and it’s because of these enduring reasons, and why it’s time for you to buy a bike too.
If the below points can persuade you to invest in a bicycle this year, we recommend getting involved in Bike Week which takes place between June 6th and 14th. Organised by Cycle UK, the annual event is this year encouraging individuals to get on their bikes each day for a week and to share their journeys on social media using #7DaysofCycling. Find out more about the initiative here.
It Helps the Environment
Cycling is a great option for any journeys that don’t necessitate road vehicles. A 2019 study found that 36% of workers in the UK commute using their own cars, and while the number of vehicles on the road was greatly reduced due to coronavirus, as more and more people return to their jobs and lockdown restrictions ease carbon monoxide emissions will steadily rise again. If it’s practical to travel by bike instead you’ll be doing your bit for the Earth and reaping the more personal rewards as well.
It’s Good for Physical and Mental Health
Cycling has become an even more important form of exercise for many in light of COVID-19, as the pandemic forced the closure of gyms and fitness classes became an online experience. Along with running and walking, going for a cycle was one of a few ways for people to escape their homes while still getting some movement into their days. Cycling will burn roughly as many calories as a jog and not take the same toll on your joints, instead it improves cardio-vascular and aerobic fitness, lowers blood pressure and builds muscle.
It is also known to be a considerably therapeutic activity particularly if you’re fortunate to have scenic routes near where you live. While daily exercise in most forms will contribute towards better mental wellbeing, cycling triggers activity in our brains responding to feelings of freedom, exhilaration and accomplishment as we navigate burning our own energy. All of this helps to relieve stress and anxiety and can reduce symptoms of depression.
Greater Freedom to Explore
On a dry day there is no doubt that cycling is a better way to see the world around you than by car. With a bicycle you’re not bound by the same headaches such as heavy traffic or trying to find and pay for somewhere to park. Either keep your bike close to hand or lock it up safely when you want to venture on foot. For adventure enthusiasts or just anyone looking to get around a city at their own leisure, nothing beats being in the open air on two wheels.
You’ll Save Money
After you’ve purchased your bike, other than safety equipment or the occasional repair, you shouldn’t have to invest much more into your new mode of transport. On the other hand a car will obviously cost a far greater amount when you add up everything from paying for the vehicle itself and insurance to fuel and maintenance. Of course there are many instances where a car is more suitable to use but when it isn’t essential, consider saving on fuel and maybe the price of parking too by simply cycling instead.
It Can Be a Social Activity Too
You don’t always have to ride solo. Cycling with a friend can be a fun way to spend time together outdoors, whether you’re both on the same fitness journey or it’s just how you get from A to B, you’ll still get to share some of the health benefits mentioned previously. It will allow you to see friends or family from outside your home while still practicing social distancing, and down the line you could even join a local cycling club to meet new people.
Read more about reducing your transportation footprint in this Re-Gen Waste blog post.