I love riding my bike and for Womens Cycling Week I wanted to share a few of my favourite reasons why you should ride a bike or try cycle commuting.
It’s free (once you buy a bike of course!)
You’ll often arrive at your destination faster than you would have by car, rail, bus or underground
No delays or waiting around ever.
Say goodbye to traffic jams
No need to pay for gym memberships
A huge sense of satisfaction when you overtake all the people trapped in cars and buses that are stuck in traffic
Smug feeling knowing you have worked out that day
It wakes you up way more than driving or sitting in a bus/train does.
No sitting/standing around waiting for the bus to come, you are free to up and go when you are ready.
It gives you nice legs and bum!
Being outdoors gives you exposure to the sun and keeps your Vitamin D levels higher.
When the suns out in summer time the sun exposure can keep your legs nice and tanned.
The thrill of riding as fast as you can down a hill.
The satisfaction when you do your commute in record time and make a new PB (personal best).
The ability to eat whatever you want (within reason) because your energy output matches or exceed your intake.
It doesn’t need a lot of maintenance to keep running and is a pretty reliable way to commute providing you wake up when the alarm goes off!
The competitive satisfaction of getting a trophy or beating a friend or stranger on Strava! (I’m a new convert to this!!)
Low cost maintenance once you’re set up with a bike and going.
No road rage when stuck driving in traffic with crazy motorway drivers.
Great views and scenery when you take the back streets, off-road tracks or go through fields.
It’s good for the environment – no pollution even if you are racing super fast through the streets.
You’re pretty much guaranteed to get a parking space.
No car parking fees. Just make sure you have a decent quality lock or two to make sure your bike is still there when you get back.
You can do it in many cities even if you don’t own a bike thanks to cycle hire schemes. There are Boris bikes in London and now Liverpool has a great low cost cycle scheme which is easily accessible. It’s a good way to test the waters to see how you find riding regularly before committing to buying a bike.
When was the last time you rode a bike? Pull it out of the shed, give it a dust and get on your bike!