The benefits of commuting to and from work via bicycle are astronomical. When cycling, positive implications begin to surface across all aspects of both the personal and professional life. Implications within social, environmental and economic realms have been seen to extend to the wider community. As a sustainable mode of transportation, the bicycle alternative is not only responsible but also holistically profitable.
The words ‘traffic congestion’ are often enough to cause prickles of frustration to crawl across ones’ skin. In the frantic rush of commuter hour, cyclists are provided with an opportunity to bypass the morning mayhem with exclusive access to bike paths and designated lanes. Avoiding congestion saves on vehicle operation costs and unnecessary exhaust emissions. Cycling, as a form of zero emission transport contributes nil to air pollution thus creating benefits for both oneself and broader society.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics (2007) found that during the 2001-2006 period in Brisbane, the bicycle alternative rose as much as 18%. Figures demonstrate that with an increasing road presence, the safety of cyclists similarly increases. With this in mind, many commuters have been seen to ride to work in groups of two or more. Such a trend generates a great sense of mateship and enthusiasm. (It is much more difficult to hit snooze if you know that your commuting counterpart will be waiting by the servo at 6am sharp). It is relationships like this that forge friendships and make your experience at Cycle 2 City all that more enjoyable.
That being said, as a lone ranger, I cannot stress the extent to which cycling provides a clear state of mind. It provides the perfect timeframe in which to ponder the days’ proceedings and generally just have a good ol’ think. Apparently Einstein came up with the theory of relativity while riding his bicycle and although I do not think that my morning musings may be of such a groundbreaking calibre I do treasure the clarity and sense of accomplishment that it grants me.
All that aside, whether solo or socialite, the benefits of cycling are transcendent. It comes as no surprise that cycling is closely linked to better health, an elevated quality of life and increased overall fitness. Incorporating bicycle commuting into your everyday routine can assist in protection against sedentary diseases, poor physical and mental health. The World Health Organisation (WHO) found that cycling reduces the incidence of mental health disorders such depression and anxiety. Can you imagine how chirpy your workplace could be if everyone kick-started their day with a ride?
Speaking from experience, it is felt that there is no better way to start your day than with the first downward slope of the journey. This increasing momentum coupled with a cool dose of winter morning and that ‘Oh *%$&’ feeling that forces you to become suddenly very, very awake. It is mornings like this that make the hot shower at the end of the route all that more enjoyable.