|Commuting by bike around Trafalgar Square|
Yesterday I went into London for a meeting (by train!) and as I walked from Charing Cross to Haymarket I was struck by the large number of cyclists during the rush hour. I was impressed.
As you might know, I go through phases of cycling to work myself.end to be wider and straighter – makes it easier for cyclists to be seen well in advance. For me it’s a ride of about 13 miles from one town to another along busy roads. There are some more rural alternatives which I also like to take but these too can be busy in the rush hour. So here’s a few of my own reasons:
- Arriving energised, feeling so alive and awake. There’s no doubt in this, I do feel so “alive”, especially after a fast ride. It makes me more productive.
- Quicker. For my 13 mile ride, it normally takes 45-50 minutes, depending on traffic, wind direction etc. Normally by car it takes me 30-45 minutes, so not much in it. An urban ride is almost certainly quicker.
- Cheaper. Once you have a decent bike with lights, clothes etc. there is not much to pay out for. Compare that to a car! Purchase price, fuel, tax, insurance, car parking, servicing, breakdown cover and so on. If your employer operates a Cycle to Work scheme, the set up cost is considerably reduced and worth looking in to. I work for a particularly slow part of the public sector which, by nature is reluctant to indulge in this kind of thing
- Makes a statement about who you are and what you stand for – not following the crowd.
- Improves fitness as any kind of cycling will do
- Environmentally it’s cleaner and we all know cars pollute very badly in stop-start traffic; typical commuting conditions. One of the cyclists in the above photograph is wearing a face mask to improve the air he’s breathing
- Avoid the stress of traffic jams with being able to weave in and out (safely of course) to speed your journey but not to annoy motorists.
- Any others? Have I missed something? Please leave a comment.