How cycling to work makes a difference!
On the 4th of September Employers and Employees all over the UK were called to show their support to the national event of Cycle to Work Day and help increase awareness of the benefits of cycling to work on health issues, the environment and transport costs! This year the numbers that were achieved were really encouraging!
• In total commuters pledged 261,287 miles
• The money that was saved in transport costs was £117,554.08
• The CO2 emissions saved accounted for 54,858.57kg
• And the calories burnt reached 8,098,170
Figures show that almost ¾ million of the UK work force cycle to work regularly and the mission is for this number to increase to 1 million by 2021.
In the UK cycling is the third most popular recreational activity. An estimated 3.1 million people ride a bicycle each month, but only 744,000 out of these were bike commuters that cycle to work.
Further figures that should get you thinking about supporting Cycling to Work:
• Obesity rates in the UK are the highest in Europe. Nearly 64% of adults are classed as being overweight or obese
• Cycling improves the areas of life linked to happiness
• A bicycle has a less manufacturing footprint compared to a car
• Bicycles provide mobility for those who may not qualify or afford to drive
• Average paced cycling (10-11mph average) will burn about 400 calories/per hour
• A 45-minute cycle every week can make you ‘biologically younger’ by nine years
• The average distance travelled by car is about 6,6 miles when 4 miles is the average cycle commute
Why cycling matters:
Encourage your employees to cycle for change! Set a goal and change your lifestyle! #bike2workscheme