Why cycle? | Oxfordshire County Council

Why cycle?

The economic, environmental and health benefits of choosing to cycle.

Cycling is a cheap, healthy and environmentally friendly way of getting around. Sometimes it can even be faster to cycle than to drive or use the bus, particularly at peak travel times when you can beat the queues! If you live in a hilly area or feel that you might need a little bit of assistance, you might want to consider an electric bike. Look at the A to B website for details.

Economic benefits

Other than walking, cycling is the cheapest way to get around.  With fuel prices as high as they are, cycling for some of your journeys is a great way to save money.  However, it is worth spending money on regular servicing if you are not confident to do the checks yourself.

Health benefits

Cycling as a way to travel helps you to build regular exercise into your routine. Regular exercise will reduce your risk of:

  • heart problems
  • high blood pressure
  • diabetes
  • obesity (and associated risks)

Furthermore, cyclists breathe in fewer fumes than their counterpart drivers; cycling helps keep you fit and looking healthy; and exercise improves your mood by releasing endorphins (natural pleasure hormones). You’re also less likely to hurt yourself if you do regular exercise, as it keeps you strong - so you’ll recover more quickly from an accident or surgery, for example, than someone more sedentary.

The benefits of cycling far outweigh the dangers, but be sure to check out our cycling safety pages to reduce the risks yet further.

Environmental benefits

Cycling is also good for the environment – it’s almost carbon-neutral and doesn’t cause local air pollution.  If you’re concerned about your environmental footprint, then cycling is one way to reduce it compared to most other ways of travelling. Walking is the only way of travel which is more eco-friendly.

For more information, please read Sustrans booklets Why Cycle, Get Cycling, Bikebelles and Cycling with Children.  Or visit the Sustrans Get Cycling webpage.

Last reviewed
20 November 2015

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