Cycle to Work Day is almost upon us. This Thursday (8th August) people will be commuting to work just using pedal power. Will you get involved too? By jumping on your bike and recording your commute you could be in with the chance of winning some fantastic prizes!
Cycling is a great way to get about and provides a great alternative to walking. Occasionally, it can even be quicker than driving, especially through city centres. There are also many health benefits to cycling, including; improved wellbeing by relieving stress, helping prevent chronic and life-threatening illnesses, weight-loss and it can help you sleep better and improve your immune system!
Your bike doesn’t need to be super fancy to commute on, take a look at our previous blog post, ‘My £35 bike‘ which shows how you can make some basic improvements to an old bike you have at home. Additionally, here are some top tips on making a cycle commute successful.
Employee benefit cycle schemes allow you to receive up to £1,000 to spend on a bicycle and/or cycling accessories through your employer. This allows savings of between 25-39% and you repay through salary deductions. Speak to your employer to see if they are signed up to one of the many schemes available so you can take advantage of these discounts! Take a look at this article from Cycling Weekly where several providers are listed and some useful FAQ’s are answered.
For those that may be put off a cycle commute due to distance or gradient of hills along the route, electric bikes (or e-bikes) are a great option. These bikes can allow you to cycle further and faster. The pedal assist in these bikes just help boost the power of your legs and hills will no longer be a problem! Find out more about e-bikes here.
If you’d like to start cycling to work (or cycling anywhere), head over to the Cycle Streets website which provides handy route planning. This website is an excellent tool and caters for all levels of cyclists.