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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, Sharp)
  • 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 (Source: British Heart Foundation, Morris)
  • If one third of all short car journeys were made by bike, national heart disease rates would fall by between 5 and 10 percent (Bikes not Fumes, CTC, 1992). Info from BikeBiz, with thanks.
  • During rush-hour, a bicycle is about twice as fast as a car - good if you hate traffic jams!

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 (unless you count confectionery bars!).
  • A good bicycle needs at most about £50-worth of maintenance a year - less if you do a bit yourself. How much does your car need?
  • 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.

Good For Your World...

  • Twenty 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. When was the last time you saw a rusting, burnt-out bicycle?
  • Cars kill and maim thousands of people every year - bicycles don't.
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