Pedal power is well and truly in vogueMonday, August 26, 2013 by: Greener Ideal
It’s no surprise that more people are turning to pedal power to get around. Roads in big cities are becoming increasingly congested, meaning getting from A to B by car can be a frustrating and time-consuming exercise, not to mention bad for the environment. Packed roads are a particular problem for commuters, as the periods immediately before and after work tend to be the busiest. Bikes offer an eco-friendly alternative to this. What’s more, now many major cities benefit from good cycle paths, it can be much easier getting around on two wheels as opposed to four.
In addition, there are the health benefits to consider. Regular cycling can help people to lose weight, lower their stress levels and boost their fitness. Cycling is easy for people of all ages to get into and is a great way of encouraging children to engage in fun exercise. With obesity affecting a rising number of individuals in countries such as the US and UK, it’s little wonder that people are taking action and becoming more active. Using multi-terrain models like hybrid bikes, you can also get out into the country on the weekend, as these cycles combine some of the best characteristics of both road and mountain bikes.
It’s also well-documented that cycling reduces stress. Using this kind of exercise as a means to get to and from work is therefore instantly beneficial for your health, as you can simply ride off the worries of the day on your journey home. The flexibility of cycling also enables commuters to take alternative off-road routes, coursing down towpaths and through parks, making for a much more pleasant and sensory ride.
There are obviously significant environmental reasons why more people choose to travel by bike. In these days of recycling and renewable energy drives, there is a huge emphasis on reducing our individual carbon footprints and cycling is a straightforward way of doing this. By traveling around on two wheels, people can also help to enhance the air quality in urban areas. And it goes without saying that noise pollution is also reduced with the effect of one less car on the road.
Then there’s the simple convenience of being able to grab your bike and go. Short distances can actually be taken much quicker by bike, especially in high-traffic zones and inner cities. Finally, not only does it cost the environment and your health much less, but without the need to buy fuel, you can also hang onto to more of your monthly earnings. This alone has got to be worth changing your transport habits for.