The multiple benefits of cycling.

Posted by Tony Childs on

As I was cycling through my home City of Portsmouth riding between our retail shops. I was mentally preparing for a presentation that I have upcoming. In it I want to demonstrate the simple benefits of cycling. Once I’d started thinking (whilst riding) I found I couldn’t stop - the benefits are so amazing and cross many different areas that help improve your health and have a positive impact on a city. Portsmouth has made some great strides in recent years in improving cycling infrastructure simply by redefining areas that already exist. I always get to my destination feeling energised and ready to go.

The beauty of cycling is that it transcends age (especially with e-bikes), culture, and fitness levels, offering a myriad of benefits to individuals and communities alike. Whether you’re pedalling through city streets, countryside trails, or stationary at the gym, the advantages of cycling are profound and multifaceted.

Health and Fitness Benefits

  1. Cardiovascular Health: Cycling is an excellent cardiovascular exercise. Regular cycling strengthens the heart muscles, lowers resting pulse, and reduces blood fat levels. This, in turn, lowers the risk of cardiovascular diseases such as heart attacks and strokes.
  2. Weight Management: Cycling is a great way to control or reduce weight as it burns calories efficiently. An hour of moderate cycling can burn between 400 to 600 calories, making it a valuable part of any weight loss or management plan.
  3. Muscle Tone and Strength: Unlike high-impact exercises, cycling is gentle on the joints while effectively toning and strengthening various muscle groups, particularly the legs, hips, and glutes. It also engages the core and, to a lesser extent, the upper body.
  4. Mental Health: Cycling can significantly improve mental well-being. The activity promotes the release of endorphins, the body's natural mood lifters. It also helps reduce stress, anxiety, and symptoms of depression. The rhythmic nature of cycling, combined with the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors, can be meditative and refreshing.
  5. Enhanced Immune System: Regular physical activity like cycling can bolster the immune system, making the body more resilient against common illnesses.

Environmental Benefits

  1. Reduced Carbon Footprint: Cycling is an eco-friendly mode of transport. Unlike cars and motorbikes, bicycles produce no emissions, reducing air pollution and the individual’s carbon footprint.
  2. Less Traffic Congestion: Increased cycling reduces the number of vehicles on the road, alleviating traffic congestion, particularly in urban areas. This not only makes commutes faster but also decreases noise pollution.
  3. Minimal Resource Use: The production, maintenance, and operation of bicycles require significantly fewer resources compared to motor vehicles, making cycling a more sustainable option.

Economic Benefits

  1. Cost-Effective: Cycling is cost-effective compared to owning and maintaining a car or using public transportation. The costs associated with bicycles (purchase, maintenance, and accessories) are significantly lower.
  2. Healthcare Savings: With the health benefits of cycling reducing the incidence of chronic diseases, individuals and healthcare systems can save significantly on medical costs and treatments.

Social and Community Benefits

  1. Improved Social Interaction: Cycling can foster a sense of community. Group rides and cycling clubs provide social interaction, which can enhance emotional well-being and create a support network.
  2. Safer Communities: More cyclists on the road can lead to improved safety measures for all, including dedicated bike lanes and reduced speed limits in residential areas.
  3. Accessibility and Inclusivity: Cycling is accessible to a wide range of people, regardless of age or fitness level. Adaptive bikes and e-bikes further enhance inclusivity, allowing people with physical limitations to participate.

Personal and Practical Benefits

  1. Convenience and Flexibility: Cycling offers a flexible mode of transport, especially for short to medium distances. It can often be faster than driving or public transport, particularly in congested urban areas.
  2. Adventure and Exploration: Cycling provides a sense of adventure and freedom, allowing individuals to explore new areas, whether it’s a scenic countryside route or an unexplored part of the city.
  3. Skill Development: Cycling improves coordination, balance, and navigation skills. For children, learning to ride a bike is a significant developmental milestone.


So - If you’ve read this far and would love to see the benefits cycling could bring to your organisation why not message me to discuss. Amongst the services we can offer are:-

  • Cyclescheme salary sacrifice schemes 
  • Dr Bike repair sessions for employees 
  • Cycle fleet management and repair
  • Cargo bike procurement and servicing packages
  • Cargo bike delivery services (with Coconuts Cargo)
  • Fleet Purchasing

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