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Why Cycle? Impartial advice for potential and new cyclists in the UK.
STYLES OF BIKES
BUYING YOUR BIKE
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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
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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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