Get on yer bike!
In a time of inflation-created pay cuts, fatcats creaming off the profits for themselves and the ‘new normal’ hybrid mode of working, there has never been a better time to get on your bike and reap the multi-faceted benefits of being a cyclist.
As I write this, there has never been a better time to avoid trains, planes and automobiles (*doffs cap to Steve Martin and John Candy), because of the combined factors of fuel prices, air pollution, mental health and physical fitness.
Looking at data from 2019, the average car journey distance in the UK is just 8.4 miles. Trips where there are more than one person in the car are a little longer at 9.1 miles, and trips where the driver is travelling alone are just 7.7 miles.
Looking at these stats it seems quite mad that there is such little use of the humble bicycle to get us from A-to-B. It would be interesting to know what percentage of those trips could actually be achieved by bicycle (discounting trips where you’re transporting the ‘weekly big shop’ or simply for those not able, for instance).
With those thoughts in mind, talk to your friends and acquaintances, and put the thoughts in their minds that self-powered transportation is the way forward and do your bit to get more people out on the road on two wheels. You’ll be doing them, and society, a favour.
I hope you enjoy this issue and feel suitably inspired to get out on your bike. If you’ve had any adventures of your own, or have any other cycling related news, views and stories you’d like to share, then please don’t hesitate to contact me at email@example.com
Get on your bike, have fun, be safe.