Take the Active Travel Challenge this June!

Active Travel Challenge Month is already underway and people are being encouraged by their employers to make more sustainable travel choices. By leaving the car at home and walking, cycling or taking the bus or train to work, participants will be contributing to lower emissions, lower travel costs and burning calories in the process.

Next week, 10-16 June is Bike Week. Have you ever thought about leaving the car at home and choosing cycling as part of your daily commute? There are many reasons to cycle as a form of transport. Whether it’s to boost your fitness, save money or as an environmental choice, getting on a bike has many benefits.

Save Money

You can get a good bike for much cheaper than a car, and with no fuel costs and no motor tax to worry about – you can reduce your travel spending considerably. You can also make further savings if your employer supports the Cycle to Work Scheme.

Keep Fit

Cycling or walking to work is one of the easiest ways to fit exercise into your everyday routine, and is a great workout for people of all ages. Did you know that a regular cyclist typically enjoys a fitness level equal to that of a person ten years younger, and lives up to two years longer than non-cyclists?

Get there sooner

For short journeys during rush-hour, a bicycle can be faster than a car – good if you hate traffic jams! It only takes around five minutes for an average person cycling to travel one mile – so if you live less than five miles from work, you could cycle there in under half an hour.

Help the environment

A bike is the only form of transport with zero carbon emissions. By cycling you will be helping to reduce noise, pollution and traffic congestion – contribution to a healthier environment for all.

Do you think you know the rules of the road for cycling? Have a look at our Q&A on the Share the Road to Zero website.

Register for the Active Travel Challenge here, and if your employer isn’t participating, why not challenge your family, friends and colleagues?

Happy and safe cycling!

Share the Road to Zero.

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