Cycling is an ideal form of transport for undertaking short journeys, and can also serve as a link between other modes of transport for longer journeys. The flat landscape and low rainfall in Southend mean that it is an ideal location for cycling and this potential is recognised in the strategy to develop cycling. Get on your bike:
- It's cheap
- It's convenient
- Can be quicker than using the car
- No parking charges
- Plenty of health benefits
- Set a positive example to your peers
- See, hear and smell your world!
Cycling regularly will improve your fitness and can help you live a long and healthy life. The benefits, says the British Medical Association, far outweigh any risks associated with cycling.
Riding a bike can help you maintain a healthy weight, and
contribute to alleviating anxiety, stress and depression. You can even cycle whilst pregnant.
Three quarters of all personal journeys are less than 5 miles long that's half an hour on a bike. Switching these short journeys from car to bicycle will benefit your health and will help cut traffic congestion.
Cycling allows easy access to bus and train stations up to 2 miles away.
Cycling is a sustainable mode of transport and produces no atmospheric pollutants that cause environmental damage on a local and global scale.
Traffic congestion costs Britain's industry billions of pounds each year.
A great way to save money is to replace your regular form of transport to the bicycle. The cost of cycling compared to cars is much cheaper to buy and maintain, and you don't have all the added costs of fuel, Vehicle Excise Duty and parking.
Last updated: 14th May 2010