Benefits of Cycling. More specifically, Urban Commuting

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I cannot think of a better way to start the day and ride my bike to work. It gives me something to look forward to, and when I get to work I feel invigorated and ready to start my day.

If more people commuted on bicycles there would be:

Less fuel consumption, saving you money as an individual and saving the earth

Less noise pollution

Less traffic congestion, saving everyone time and reducing stress

Less damage to roads as bicycles are lighter, leading to fewer repairs and maintenance to roads

Less damage to the environment as there is no carbon footprint

Less roadkill and save animals

Fewer health issues, as the benefits of cycling, include:
– Building a Strong Immune System
– Increasing Cardiovascular Fitness
– Improving Flexibility and Joint Mobility
– Boosting Mental Health
– Promoting Weight Loss

Cycling is easy to fit into your daily routine by riding to the shops, friends, school or work and it does not feel like you are doing exercise, you are just having fun by riding your bike.

Cape Town has already successfully implemented cycling lanes into its town planning and is already seeing the benefits as more people are commuting to work and feel safe in doing so.

Low-income workers have also saved on transport costs through cycling to work instead of taking a taxi. Cycling is also more social distanced than travelling in a crowded taxi, making it a safer option in Covid times.

I wish more towns in South Africa would build cycle lanes as it would enable a lot more people to commute via their loved bicycles.

Better Health
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About Pauline Rainbird

I have been working at L2B since March 2011 and my current position is Deputy Head of Department - Africa. When I am not working I am either riding my bicycle or spending time with my dogs.