On your bike – why you should try active travel in 2018
Getting fit in the new year doesn't mean you have to join the gym or workout indoors. Sustrans recommends introducing active travel into your daily routine to improve your health and fitness. Swapping the car for the bike or walking can also save you time and money.
To demonstrate, Sustrans have produced a short film which compares driving to work with both cycling and running the same journey. The film shows a typical car journey to work in Derry~Londonderry, with the aim of inspiring commuters to reconsider whether driving is really the most convenient, beneficial mode of transport.
If you don't drive, with rail fares rising across the UK, there's never been a better time to walk or cycle to work! To find cycling routes near you, check out the Sustrans map! Don't forget your helmet!
What's more, daily cycling has been linked to reduction in heart disease and cancer rates. According to BBC news, the biggest study into the issue linked using two wheels with a halving of the risk of cancer and heart disease. The five-year study of 250,000 UK commuters also showed walking had some benefits over sitting on public transport or taking the car.
- For more information about cycling to work check out the NHS guide on the Benefits of Cycling.