Whether you’re already a regular cyclist or you don’t even own a bike yet, there are loads of great reasons to start riding a bike to work! With the help of the Cycle to Work Alliance, we’ve picked some of the best reasons for commuting by bike.
The Cycle to Work Alliance is an organisation dedicated to getting people on their bikes and riding to work. They’ve recently done some research to prove just how good for you it can be! The Cycle to Work Alliance asked employers and employees who had joined a Cycle to Work scheme how they were getting on, and the responses may surprise you!
The Halfords Cycle2Work scheme can help you save up to 42% off the price of a brand new bike and safety gear, as well as spreading the cost over 12 or 18 months. This is done through something called salary sacrifice – you get the new bike now, and pay your employer over time. Want to find out more? Head over to www.cycle2work.info to get started!
So, here are 5 great reasons to start cycling to work according to the Cycle to Work Alliance:
- Get fitter
One of the great things about cycling is that as well as getting you from A to B, it’s also a form of exercise! But you probably didn’t need us to tell you that. However, did you know that 86% of employees noticed health benefits after joining the Cycle to Work scheme? What’s more, 89% of these people believed that it had improved their general fitness – bonus!
- Lose weight
Two rides a day (to and from work)really add up – even if you’re not riding every day, all that extra exercise means burning loads of extra calories. 52% of people who noticed health benefits also believed that cycling to work had meant that they had lost weight, too!
- Save money
You might be looking thinner, but you needn’t worry about your bank account – obviously, if you’re cycling to work, you don’t need to buy things like fuel or train or bus tickets! But that’s not all – you can also get help from the Cycle to Work scheme when it comes to buying your bike and safety equipment. By going through a salary sacrifice scheme like Halfords Cycle2Work, you can save up to 42% on everything you need, and spread the cost over 12 or 18 months!
- Be more productive
Surely all that riding before work is going to tire you out for the day, right? Wrong! Regular exercise and exercise before work can both help your focus and help you stay alert through the day. In fact, 61% of people who cycle to work believe that it has improved their productivity.
- Be less stressed
As well as being fitter, thinner, richer, and more productive, riding to work can make you less stressed! Of course, that has a whole host of health benefits of its own.
So there you have it – 5 great reasons to try cycling to work! Do you want to find out more? Take a look at www.cycle2work.info to get started and learn how your employer can help you get out on your bike!