Cycling to work has a number of advantages over driving or taking public transport. Let’s take a closer look at the top 5 reasons why you should commute by bicycle!
As Brisbane’s population continues to grow, the traffic gets worse and worse. Rush hour is now packed with more cars and buses than ever, but you know who doesn’t get trapped in rush hour traffic?
Cyclists. Cycling to work is quicker than driving or taking public transport for many commuters in peak traffic. Cycling to work will always take the same amount of time, no matter how much – or little – traffic there is.
Cars are expensive. The average weekly fuel cost in Australia is $71.5. If you include insurance, repairs and services, the average two-car household in Brisbane spends almost $20,000 on their cars every year. Wow.
Parking in Brisbane adds another cost on top, if you’re even able to find somewhere to park.
Public transport is much cheaper, but has the inconvenience of not getting to choose when to drive. But just because it’s cheaper than driving doesn’t mean that it’s cheap. Single zone tickets will cost $6.62 return in Brisbane, which amounts to $1,655 per year.
Most people live in zone 2 or 3, which makes tickets significantly more expensive, and it’s not uncommon to pay more than $10 in public transport fare every day.
At cycle2city, you get secure bike storage, free towels, clean shower facilities and many more amenities from just $4.30 per day!
Beat the time crunch by including exercise
Do you sometimes feel that you wish you could hit the gym and get in shape, but you just can’t find the time? Look no further! By cycling to work, you’ll save time and get your exercise in at the same time, leaving you to invest your time savings where you want.
Cycling to work has a large range of health benefits like protecting you from serious diseases such as obesity, heart disease, cancer, mental illness, diabetes and arthritis. All this while being a form of exercise that has a low barrier to entry and a low impact on joints!
Gettin out in the fresh air just feels great, there’s no other way around it. Especially here in Queensland, where we are blessed with some of the best weather in the world year-round.
It’s a great way to unwind and blow off some steam after a stressful workday, and getting a break from our computer and mobile screens is a welcome change of pace.
Riding your bike is also a benefit for the people around you because cycling is a zero-emission mode of transport. A solo driver in an average vehicle releases about 1 kilo of C02 per 3 kilometers, an average cyclist releases 1.4 grams.
Transport accounts for approximately 20% of all greenhouse gas emissions worldwide, and switching to riding a bike is one of the best things you can do for the environment.
Safety and the virtuous cycle
Feel like cycling to Brisbane is unsafe? It may seem counterintuitive, but the more cyclists we have on our roads, the less likely we are to have cyclists being struck by cars in traffic.
This is because cyclist safety is a virtuous cycle. Dr Julie Hatfield of The University of New South Wales says that “the likelihood that an individual cyclist will be struck by a motorist falls with increasing rate of bicycling in a community. And the safer cycling is perceived to be, the more people are prepared to cycle.”
This isn’t because there are less drivers overall, but because the drivers change their behaviour and become more cautious and careful as they become used to sharing the road with cyclists. This means that cycling is seen as safer, which means that more people begin cycling to work, and the cycle continues!
Are you interested in starting to cycle to work? At cycle2city, we offer a 7 day free trial that includes full use of our state of the art facilities:
- 420 bike parking spaces utilising the latest German technology
- Secure electronic entry for members
- 270 secure lockers and 18 showers for men
- 150 secure lockers and 15 showers for women
- 12 lockers in the people with disability area
- A fresh towel provided daily
- Irons & ironing boards
- Hair dryers
- Access to valet laundry and cleaning service
- Air-conditioned locker rooms
- A full-service on-site bicycle workshop
- Small retail area providing basic “commuter emergency items” from toothpaste to bicycle accessories.
Click here to sign up to your 7 day free trial today!