Reduce Your Carbon Footprint by Biking to Work

The warm summer weather opens the doors to numerous things. Tank tops, barbeques and best of all, outdoor activities. For anyone frustrated with a mornings traffic density on the way to work, hopping on your bicycle can definitely set your morning on the right foot. Peak-hour city trips up to 10km are often faster by bike than any other form of transport, door to door.

In addition, riding to work or to the shops is one of the most time-efficient ways to incorporate regular exercise into everyday routine. You can get your daily exercise done without having to spend extra time or money at the gym. The simple act of riding your bike can burn between 750 – 1000 calories an hour, which helps both your health and fitness.

Another benefit from riding your bike to work is saving money. Reduce the costs associated with driving to work or catching public transport. By cycling to work instead of driving, it is possible to save around $50 a week through a reduction in parking, fuel and vehicle maintenance costs.

Your or your company’s business will also benefit from your physical activity. 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.

Last but not least, riding your bike to work or local shopping facilities will reduce your negative impact on the environment dramatically. If you ride your bike 10 miles to work each week, you are saving 418 grams of carbon monoxide from the air, reducing your carbon footprint.

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