It’s Team Green Britain Bike Week! What does that mean? Essentially it is just an annual reminder of the many benefits of cycling, and why getting on your bike to get you where you want to go can be the best mode of transport. So why not try to encourage more cycling to work in your workplace?
Reap the health benefits
There are many elements of regular cycling that can have a positive impact on physical health. From reducing the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and stroke, to acting as a low-impact form of exercise, so most people should find it a feasible form of workout. It doesn’t have to be the Tour de France, just getting out on the bike for half an hour a day can help you get your activity levels up!
See the mental health benefits
While the physical perks of regular cycling are undeniable, it can help you with your mental health too. As with general exercise, cycling can help to improve your mood and help to reduce the effects of stress, anxiety, and depression, with the added plus of being outdoors helping endorphins to flow! As exercise can also help to improve sleep and sleep quality, it’s a win-win by getting some biking into your daily routine.
Many of us are always on the lookout for ways to reduce our carbon footprint, and by travelling to work without using petrol, less harmful emissions are being released into the atmosphere. Reducing both air and noise pollution, the more people on bikes, the better!
While it may not be practical for everyone to get to work everyday by cycling, by just increasing the use of a bike where the car may be used instead can all help to reduce pollution.
Save money on petrol!
With inflation and the cost of living rising, most people have noticed the increase in the cost of petrol reaching eye-watering levels at certain points in the previous year or two. Once you have a bike however, you are your own petrol! While you may have to feed yourself a bigger breakfast, you can save money on filling your tank up by hopping on your bike instead.
Make the most of the Cycle to Work Scheme
By offering a Cycle to Work Scheme to employees, you are giving your people the option to invest in a bike that suits their needs, and therefore a mode of transport that can be used everyday. They can choose a quality bike that’s built to last, rather than choosing a cheaper one if not through the scheme.
And once you have your bike, you needn’t spend money on fancy equipment! Just a high-vis vest for the winter and a bike lock will have you off to a great start.