To ride or not to ride – it should never be a question

Cyclist in London

Getting to and from work now takes 5 minutes longer than a decade ago. In the grand scheme of things this isn’t a huge amount of time. It is rising nonetheless and something we need to be conscious of, employers rarely pay for travel.

It may come as little surprise that over the last few years there has been a significant rise in the number of commuters cycling to work. With more people living healthy and sustainable lifestyles the number of people picking up their bicycle to get to work has increased. Here are some of the benefits from commuting on a trusty steed.

Cycle to Work Scheme

In 1999 the Cycle to Work scheme was introduced by the government. The initiative encouraged more people to ride to work and hire a bike through a salary sacrifice scheme, around 180,000 people sign up each year each saving up to 42% on their bike. It was understood that £1,000 was the maximum spend but the scheme has now changed their guidelines to accept higher priced bikes as well as e-bikes.

Exercise & Lifestyle

There comes a time in most people’s lives when they realise that their metabolism is starting to slow, every biscuit and burger is starting to show. Gym memberships are googled and Instagram fitness buffs are followed. Time however is a precious commodity and rare in busy schedules. A solution; cycle to work. You need to get there somehow, why not ride? Two birds one stone right? The health benefits are many, not only physical but mental as well; studies show that cycling can improve creative thinking and help boost productivity among other benefits you can see here.

Improved Cycling Facilities

In recent years there has been an increase in cycling infrastructure developments and more secure cycle parking facilities installed around the UK, Transport for London alone has just invested £2.5 million into infrastructure. Work places, train stations and public spaces are offering more cyclists somewhere to park their bike securely by means of bike lockers. These are all encouraging signs and the awareness that is being shown is surely contributing to the rise in people commuting by bicycle.

Cost Effective

Apart from general wear and tear and infrequent services, bikes are a considerably cheaper option than other forms of transport. Especially if you’re working in city centres, the cost of parking alone can be hundreds of pounds a year. Statistics show that you can save up to £3,000 a year by ditching the car and public transport and picking up a trusty steed.

Of course if this is something you are new to be aware. Poor road conditions, taking on uncompromising motorists and a lack of motivation are something we all do deal with at some point. Overall when you consider the benefits the pros certainly outweigh the cons. So, make cycling part of your routine today, and see the difference it makes!

Have you ever tried cycling to work? Share your commuting stories in the comments section below!

By James Finch