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2 Aug 2023

Cycle to Work Day 2023

Cycling offers numerous benefits, including improved physical health, reduced stress, cost savings and environmental advantages.  

You can easily harness these benefits by cycling to work, but today many of us now work from home in either a hybrid or fully remote model. So how can those working remotely also take advantage of the benefits of cycling?  

You could engage with a ‘virtual commute’, which is the concept of setting the time aside which would have ordinarily been allocated for commuting to work in the morning for an activity that will benefit you, like cycling. Although you will start and end at the same location, differing from a traditional commute, you will still be able to access all the benefits of the activity. 


Here are some of the key benefits of cycling: 

Physical Health 

Cycling provides a regular opportunity for physical exercise, which can improve cardiovascular health, boost metabolism and help maintain a healthy weight. Cycling to work can be a convenient way to incorporate daily exercise into your routine without the need for additional activity.  

It’s a low-impact aerobic exercise that works major muscle groups, such as the legs, buttocks and core, and also strengthens the heart, lungs and blood vessels. It can also help improve blood circulation, lowers blood pressure, and reduces the risk of heart disease. Additionally, studies have shown that those who cycle regularly tend to have a longer life expectancy due to having a reduced risk of various chronic diseases. 

Cycling is also an effective way to burn calories and can aid in weight loss or weight maintenance. It helps increase metabolism and builds muscle, which in turn can contribute to a leaner physique. 


Mental Wellbeing 

Cycling can help reduce stress and anxiety levels. Physical activity releases endorphins, which are natural mood boosters, leading to improved mental wellbeing and increased overall happiness.  

It can also enhance mental alertness, leading to improved productivity and focus. When commuting by bike, it can serve as a refreshing way to start the day and clear your mind before arriving at the workplace. 

Both the rhythmic motion of pedalling and being in nature can also have profound impact on mental health. 


Cost Savings 

Cycling to work can be more cost-effective, especially when compared to the expenses associated with owning and maintaining a car, paying for public transportation, and the rising costs of fuel and parking fees. 


Environmental Benefits 

Choosing a bicycle over a motorised vehicle helps reduce carbon emissions and air pollution, making cycling a sustainable and eco-friendly commuting option that contributes to cleaner air and a healthier environment.  

Additionally, a higher number of cyclists on the road can encourage cities to invest in better cycling infrastructure, such as bike lanes and bike-friendly routes, promoting sustainable urban planning and making cities more bike-friendly. 


Community Engagement 

Cycling can be a social activity, allowing you to connect with others who share similar interests. Group rides can provide opportunities for camaraderie and support. 


Overall, cycling offers a holistic approach to commuting, benefiting not only individual health but also the environment and the wider community. If you’re considering taking up cycling, you should always wear appropriate safety gear, including a helmet, and follow traffic rules to ensure a safe and enjoyable cycling experience. 

Finally, cycling shares many of the benefits to physical and mental health with all types of cardiovascular based physical activity, such as walking or running. So, if for whatever reason you can’t or don’t want to engage with cycling, then these other modalities will serve you just as well.