Some great reasons to give riding to work a go:
Feel great and reduce your likelihood of suffering from obesity, diabetes and heart disease.
Riding to work or to the shops is one of the most time-efficient ways to incorporate regular exercise into everyday life. You can get your daily exercise done without having to spend extra time or money at the gym.
How many kilojoules will I burn?
SAVE MONEY (AND TIME)
Reduce the costs associated with driving to work or catching public transport.
An average Australian household spends around $8,000 each year on transport, of which $2,500 on average is for fuel[vii]. By cycling to work instead of driving, it is possible to save $50 a week or more through a reduction in parking, fuel and vehicle maintenance costs.
Did you know that peak-hour city trips up to 10km are generally faster by bike than any other form of transport, door to door? A five to 10km ride will only take about 15 to 30 minutes on average.
Click here to calculate how much you spend on petrol… and how much money you could save by riding to work!
LOOK AFTER THE ENVIRONMENT
Reduce you greenhouse gas emissions.
Cycling is a virutally a zero emission form of transport. Cycling just 10km each way to work instead of driving saves 1.3 tonnes greenhouse gas emissions each year; that’s equal to 26,000 black balloons [iii]
Working Australians can reduce carbon emissons by one millon tonnes [iv] If one in 10 of Australia’s working population cast aside their cars and took to the bike for their weekly commute – a million tonnes of carbon can be saved.
INCREASE YOUR PRODUCTIVITY
Businesses that encourage staff to cycle to work benefit from increased productivity as a result of improved fitness and mental health.
Staff who cycle are more punctual and take less sick days due to improved health. Absenteeism can be reduced by up to 80% by encouraging cycling to work [v].
Organisations profit from their investment in cycling strategies. The UK Traffic Advisory Unit found that organisations that implemented cycling strategies received a return between $1.33 and $6.50 for every $1 spent in cycle promotion, resulting from increased productivity [vi].
What can your organisation do? Ask senior management to actively promote cycling in the workplace. See how your workplace can join the commuter revolution here.
[i] [ii] Department of Health and Ageing, www.health.gov.au, Building a Healthy, Active Australia initiative[iii] [vii] Australian Greenhouse Office, Global Warming: Cool It! Transport www.environment.gov.au/settlements/gwci/transport.html[iv] Calculated on One tonnes saving per person ( 300g per km for a mid-size vehicle x 10km x. return trip x 48 weeks x 3.5 days = 1.080 tonnes)[v] [vi] Travel Smart Australia, www. travelsmart.gov.au, Travel Smart Employers Kit, 2003