Everyday Cycling is the type of cycling you do when you are just going about your normal life. It isn’t necessarily about cycling everyday, or cycling everywhere. But it is about choosing to use your bike as a way of getting from A to B, running errands, catching up with friends, popping to the shops, cruising to the library or warming up on the way to sports. It is not about being sporty or super fit, although it’s certainly healthy. It certainly is not about lycra: everyday clothes are fine for everyday cycling. It’s not about speed, although often it is quicker than driving. And it’s not about the bike, although it is certainly mandatory equipment.
But wait, there’s more:
Better health – without the cost of a gym membership
- 30 minutes of cycling each day could halve your chances of becoming obese or diabetic. Source: The World Health Organisation
- Cycling is good for your brain, being the type of exercise that helps grow new brain cells. (University of California, 2001)
- Physical activity helps us feel happier and less stressed by releasing feel-good chemicals – endorphins – in our brains.
- Getting to school or work by bike helps our brains wake up and gets our blood flowing, helping us get ready for work and learning.
- The more we exercise the easier it gets; our bodies become more efficient.
- Regular exercise changes the brain to improve memory and thinking skills. (Harvard Medical School)
- Cycling helps tone and firm up your leg and bottom muscles
- Being active in our early and middle years helps us be healthier, age better and live longer.
Better Quality of Life
Research shows that bike friendly cities are more vibrant, connected, social and offer a higher quality of life. It is all about being out there, in our own neighbourhoods, making eye contact and saying hello. It is about spending time and money locally. It is about easy parking and avoiding queues of traffic. It’s good.
Everyone will benefit from the cleaner air, less fuel to import, reduced costs of climate change, better traffic flow on the roads and quieter streets, even those who don’t ride bikes themselves.