Have fun, feel more energetic and do your bit for the environment! There are so many reasons to get on your bike.
Lack of physical activity is a modifiable risk factor for cardiovascular disease, obesity, depression, bone and joint diseases and diabetes, among others. Health professionals recommend at least 30 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity each day to maintain good health. Riding to work or uni, or using your bike for local trips is a great way to incorporate exercise into your daily routine.
Cycling does not emit greenhouse gases or other pollution. By choosing to ride rather than drive, we can contribute to national goals to reduce our dependence on non-renewable fossil fuels and improve air quality.
Transport is second only to food as the largest item of household expenditure in Australia. The costs of owning and running a car are substantial. Taking into account fuel, parking, depreciation, maintenance, registration and insurance, costs can easily exceed several thousand. The costs of buying and maintaining a bike are around 1% of the cost of buying and maintaining a car. Also, bike parking (apart from usually being free) is generally easily accessible and more convenient than car parking.
Cycling is a basic and affordable form of travel which is available to almost all ages and groups in society. Cycling provides opportunities for social interaction on the streets, enhancing a sense of community and safety.
Bikes do less damage to road surfaces than cars. They are often quicker than cars over short distances. More bikes and fewer cars on the road can reduce congestion and its associated costs.