Riding to work is just such great fun. Especially in a city like Brisbane where we have such great weather all year round. Make commuter cycling part of your daily routine and forget about the stress of traffic or public transport – at a fraction of the price. That’s just part of the story; look at the other really compelling reasons to ride to work.
Feel great and reduce your likelihood of suffering from obesity, diabetes and heart disease.
Riding to work is one of the most time-efficient ways to incorporate regular exercise into everyday routine. You can get your daily exercise done without having to spend extra time or money at the gym.
Riding to work immediately increases a person’s physical activity. Importantly, the simple act of riding your bike can burn between 750 – 1000 calories an hour, which helps both your health and fitness. Riding to work can help reduce the risks associated with physical inactivity including type 2 diabetes, breast and bowel cancer, obesity and depression.
Many new commuter cyclists report they enjoy a really great sleep every night after their daily ride.
Reduce the costs associated with driving to work or catching public transport. Click here to calculate how much you spend on petrol…and how much money you could save by riding to work!
An average Australian household spends around $8,000 each year on transport, of which $2,500 on average is for fuel [vii].
By cycling to work instead of driving, it is possible to save around $50 a week through a reduction in parking, fuel and vehicle maintenance costs.
Peak-hour city trips up to 10km are often faster by bike than any other form of transport, door to door.
A 5 to 10 km ride to work will only take 15 to 30 minutes on average.
Public transport has become an increasingly expensive impost on your budget. For example, the annual cost of a 2 zone return go card fare would be almost $2,000 if you used it for each daily commute (www.translink.com.au). Planned Translink fare increases will mean this cost will definitely increase to almost $2,500 per annum by 2014.
Reduce your greenhouse gas emissions. Calculate your vehicle’s greenhouse gas emissions.
Cycling is a zero emission form of transport. Cycling just 10km each way to work instead of driving saves 1.3 tonnes greenhouse gas emissions each year; that’s equal to 26,000 black balloons [iii]
Working Australians can reduce carbon emissions by one million tonnes[iv]
If 1 in 10 of Australia’s working population cast aside their cars and take to the bike for their weekly commute – a million tonnes of carbon can be saved.
Businesses that encourage staff to cycle to work benefit from increased productivity as a result of improved fitness and mental health.
Staff who cycle are more punctual and take less sick days due to improved health. Absenteeism can be reduced by up to 80% by encouraging cycling to work [v].
Organisations profit from their investment in cycling strategies. The UK Traffic Advisory Unit found that organisations that implemented cycling strategies received a return between $1.33 and $6.50 for every $1 spent in cycle promotion, resulting from increased productivity [vi].
Regular commuter cyclists report much reduced levels of stress and anxiety having switched from the hussle and bustle of road congestion or the hassles of public transport.
Your morning cycle commute energises you and allows your mind to prepare for the day ahead. The ride home lets you cast off the worries of the day and arrive home a happy, sorted person that the household looks forward to greeting.
Commuter cycling is a great way to meet new friends and a fun way to explore your City.
[i] Department of Health and Ageing, www.health.gov.au, Building a Healthy, Active Australia initiative
[iii] [vii] Australian Greenhouse Office, Global Warming: Cool It! Transport www.environment.gov.au/settlements/gwci/transport.html [iv] Calculated on One tonnes saving per person ( 300g per km for a mid-size vehicle x 10km x. return trip x 48 weeks x 3.5 days = 1.080 tonnes) [v] [vi] Travel Smart Australia, www. travelsmart.gov.au, Travel Smart Employers Kit, 2003