15 August is Cycle to Work Day, a great excuse to indulge your love for cycling or try it for the first time. Cycling is a great form of exercise, with several benefits for your health – it could also save you money on travel costs! Find out more about Cycle to Work Day and prepare to get on two wheels this August.
About Cycle to Work Day
Cycle to Work Day is an annual event that celebrates everyday cycling. Cycling is a popular way for many people in the UK to get to work each day, and anyone can take part. Cycle to Work Day aims to encourage new cyclists to start cycling to work, as well as celebrate those that do.
Employers and individuals can get involved in Cycle to Work Day, and join the thousands who are already pedalling their way to work.
The benefits of cycling
Cycling has several benefits, both for your health and other aspects of your life. Some of the key benefits of cycling include:
It’s an easy form of exercise
You can fit cycling into your daily routine by choosing to cycle to work and back. While it can be more challenging to find time for a run or to go to the gym – you have to get to work, and so this is a form of exercise that serves another purpose.
It can save money
Cycling to work can help you save on your daily commute. With no petrol to pay or bus/train costs, you could help your income stretch further each month by cycling to work. Once you’ve paid for the initial cost of the bike, you will have limited maintenance to pay. Plus, with all the cycling you’re doing you could also give up your gym membership.
It’s a low-impact exercise
Unlike cardio-intensive exercises like running, cycling is low impact. It’s easier on your joints and can help you to build up your cardiovascular capabilities to improve your fitness and help keep you in shape.
It’s good for the environment
Cycling is a form of exercise that uses no chemicals or gases, making it a clean way to travel. If you want to do your bit to help the environment, even cycling a couple of times a week can help.
How to cycle safely
When cycling to work, it’s important that you practice road safety. Some easy tips to follow include:
- Follow the Highway code and the rules of the road – running a red light is a no, and you should only cycle on the roads or marked cycle paths.
- Wear a helmet and other protective clothing.
- Help other drivers, cyclists and pedestrians by indicating when you’re going to turn with your left and right arm.
- Be careful when cycling past parked cars.
- Avoid using a mobile phone or listening to music while cycling.
Road safety as a cyclist is important to you and those around you, so make sure you do what you can to cycle safely. If you suffer a serious accident, then you or someone around you should call 999. For less serious injuries, call 111.
Cycling in East Berkshire
Interested in pursuing cycling further after Cycle to Work Day? Then why not join a cycling club in East Berkshire. Cycling UK and British Cycling have some excellent resources for finding local clubs.
Want to get fit and healthy this summer? Embrace cycling this Cycle to Work Day by getting on your bike and cycling to work. Join the thousands who choose to cycle each day and enjoy a new way to get to work in the mornings.