Biking is good for you. You’re burning calories with considerable less stress on the joints than jogging or some other forms of exercise. Cycling improves your cardio-vascular and aerobic fitness. It also lowers your blood pressure, boosts your energy and mood, it improves coordination, and even builds muscle.
It can make you happy
Cycling has been shown to reduce stress, alleviate depression, improve your sleeping habits and can also reduce anxiety. In fact, cycling outdoors has been proven to boost self-confidence and to improve your sense of well-being.
Cycling is fun!
Many people associate riding a bike with fond childhood memories of riding around their neighbourhood. It takes us back to a simpler time where we didn’t have to contend with the stresses of modern life. Biking to work allows you to tap into that feeling you had as a child, and can inject some exhilaration into your daily commute. Take in the scenery as you ride, particularly if you’re lucky enough to live on the beautiful Central Coast. Before long, you’ll be wishing your commute to work was longer.
It will save you money
Did you know the average annual fuel cost for just one car in Australia is around $3,640 a year? Add on vehicle maintenance, servicing and repair, and insurance, and you fast get into eye watering prices to keep and use a car every day. In fact transport costs counted for 15.49% of the average total household income in Sydney in 2017.
Cycling is convenient
Many people have the misconception that cycling to work is incovenient. But consider this; cyclists generally don’t get stuck in traffic jams. Ever notice the same cyclist pass you as you inch along during the peak hour commute? Then there’s parking to contend with. When you bike to work, finding parking is as easy as chaining up your bike, or taking it inside!
Believe it or not, but the more cyclists we have on the road, the safer they will be. A study conducted by the University of New South Wales determined that as more people ride in a given city, the number of collisions between drivers and people riding bikes decreases in absolute terms in that city. And this is not simply because there are fewer cars. Driver behavior actually changes to include safer driving practices when the number of cyclists and pedestrians increases. Because the perception of the relative safety of cycling improves with a decrease in collisions, more people then begin riding bikes. Now that’s a ‘cycle’ we like 🙂