This August marks the 10th anniversary of the UK’s Cycle to Work Day. This annual event was created to encourage people to try cycling to work and educate them about the benefits it can bring. To celebrate this occasion, we thought we’d give you a rundown on the three main benefits of cycling to work.
1. Saving Money
Compared to other forms of transport such as driving or taking the bus, cycling is a highly cost-effective way of travelling. The main thing you’ll need to splash out on is a bicycle – if you don’t already have one – and these can be a little bit pricey if you’re looking for a good-quality one. However, when weighed against the cost of filling up your car or of buying a bus ticket every day over several years, you’ll probably find that cycling is by far the cheaper option, especially with the rising cost of fuel in recent times. And if you’ve already got a bike, you’ll just need to pay for maintenance every now and then, which is by far a cheaper option than driving or taking public transport every day.
2. Staying Fit
Cycling is a great way to exercise. It strengthens your heart and increases your stamina, which is why many people choose it as a form of cardio. It gives all of your major muscle groups a workout, while carrying less risk of injury than many other kinds of exercise. (That’s as long as you keep an eye out for cars!) It’s an effective way to lose weight, and it’s even been linked to a lower risk of developing some forms of cancer. On top of that, unlike other workout options, it can save you time: why spend an extra hour or two going to the gym to pedal on the exercise bike, when you can do it every morning on your way to work?
3. Reducing Pollution
Unlike most other forms of transport, cycling is good for the planet because it produces zero carbon emissions. The more bikes replace cars on our roads, the less CO2 will be released into our atmosphere. This is doubly true as fewer cars means less traffic jams, which cuts down the amount of time that vehicles spend stuck on the road releasing emissions. Furthermore, manufacturing bicycles is less harmful to the environment than manufacturing cars, as they require fewer resources to produce.
How Pegasus Group encourages cycling to work
As a modern, future-oriented company, we're conscious of our part to play in creating a better world by making our business more sustainable. One of the ways we can do this is by reducing emissions wherever possible. That’s why we encourage our employees to cycle to work, as many of them already do. To make this more convenient, our buildings feature cycle racks for employee use. Of course, it isn’t possible for everyone: if you’re mobility-impaired or commute to work from a different city, for example, then it’s not really a feasible option. However, if you can, consider cycling to work – your health, your wallet and the environment will thank you for it.