20 bicycles can fit into the same space it takes to park one car.
(PRWEB UK) 27 March 2013
It has often been suggested that people who cycle on a regular basis will normally live longer than non-cyclists and have a fitness level equivalent to someone ten years younger. The new Guide to the Benefits of Cycling from the Cycle Insurance team gives more details.
There are lots of physical benefits to cycling; it can provide a great workout even on a short ride. Thighs and calves will feel the most benefit, quickly firming up and strengthening the muscles. Cycling is also one of the few exercises than can help to reduce cellulite on the thighs. Cycling will provide a good workout for the cardio-vascular system, which can help to reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes, and can also help to prevent diabetes and high blood pressure. It can help to increase stamina, which will help to relieve tiredness and fatigue, and can also be a great way to lose weight as the body uses up any fat reserves as fuel.
As well as providing great health benefits, cycling is a great mode of transport and very green, saving the environment and reducing carbon footprints. There are many benefits to using a bike over a car. They are a fraction of the cost, don’t need any fuel, are very cheap to run and maintain, and extremely easy to park! 20 bicycles can fit into the same space it takes to park one car. If for those who live on the outskirts of town, for example, a bicycle could be a great way to commute to work. Especially in London, where there is so much car traffic on the roads that journey times could be significantly reduced by cycling!
A typical off the rack cycle costs under £300 and can last five years or more if well looked after. Basic maintenance on a cycle that is used on a regular basis, e.g. commuting, will likely cost around £50 a year. With the average price of a new car obviously much higher, the cost effectiveness of a bicycle is obvious. There are also no fuelling costs, (unless any extra food eaten as a result of all the exercise counts!) and with petrol prices always on the rise, this is yet another added saving.
It also requires only a fraction of the amount of materials used in the manufacture of a car to create a bicycle. There are no requirements for driving lessons, any form of license, road tax or an MOT to run a cycle either. All that is needed is a bike and a destination, although a helmet is highly recommended.
These are just some of the main benefits of cycling, for information visit the Cycle Insurance website.