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Why You Should Start Cycling To Work in 2021

Cycling to work is a great way to stay fit and save money. It is also fun! Cycling to work may seem intimidating, but it's really not that complicated and once you get started you'll wonder why you didn't try it sooner. 

Did you know that the average commute in Britain is a little over 30 minutes each day? That's an awful lot of time spent sitting in the car, taking the bus, or walking to work. Wouldn't it be better to start cycling to work instead? Over the course of a year, this could save you around £260. But that's not all - you'll also save the environment from harmful carbon emissions and improve your physical fitness. 

As we start to get back to the office you may be considering commuting by bicycle rather than public transport. Keep reading for reasons to start cycling to work in 2021. 

Start off once a week and build your habit from there - whether that's in January or in June. Keeping up the weekly routine will help build confidence on the roads and on your bike. We guarantee you that the smugness of arriving into the office having done your exercise for the day, not starting your day in the armpit of your fellow commuters will soon outweigh any doubts you were having about starting cycling! 

Here's a list of why we think you should make 2021 the year you start cycling to work. 

  1. It’s good for your health. Cycling is a great way to improve your fitness and heart health - just 30 minutes of daily cycling will begin to benefit your cardiovascular system. 
  2. See a new part of town. If you’ve taken the same tube journey for 365+ days, you know exactly which part of the platform to stand on to get “your carriage”. With a bike, you can explore new streets and with that comes new, local shops, hidden gems and probably a pretty awesome place for your morning coffee. 
  3. Let’s talk endorphins. Cycling releases endorphins which can help people overcome stress and anxiety. Now who doesn't want more of those? 
4. Suitable for all. You might be able to say the same for the bus or the train but there’s no 8am squash on a bicycle. With access to electric bikes through cycle to work schemes or sharing schemes, cycling doesn’t have to be all huff and puff.
5. Show me the money! Whilst there is the initial cost of the bike and accessories - overall the running costs are pretty minimal and the actual cycling bit is free. FREE.
6. Friendly to Mother Nature. Cycling is an environmentally sustainable form of transport. It uses minimal fossil fuels and is a pollution-free mode of transport. More people cycling reduces the need to build, service and dispose of cars in the long run. We love you Momma Earth.
7. Train your brain. A Vanderbilt University study shows that activities that require balance, quick reactions and decision-making skills - like cycling - may help with focus and concentration. 

Still unsure about getting in the saddle? Did you know that you can get free cycling lessons to learn to ride or become more confident on the roads through Bikeability. So if you need some extra confidence before you hit the roads just find search for your local authority through Bikeability. 

If you've got your bike and you're ready to ride, read our blog on how to make the most of your cycling commute or how WingLights can help improve your safety on bicycles

Tell us about your experiences getting into cycling and join the conversation over on our social channels: Twitter, Instagram or Facebook

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