Today is Cycle to Work Day, which nicely coincides with my maiden voyage by bike from my new home. It’s just over a mile to the station but it still count towards the hundreds of thousands of miles covered as part of the scheme to encourage more cycle commuters. To celebrate, here are six reasons why cycling to work beats other commutes.
1. IT’S QUICKER
It may not beat the train or tube but there'll be no squeezing up escalators and you’ll be able to whizz past stand-still traffic. Cycling is certainly faster than both walking and running. More speed equals more minutes in bed, who can argue with that?!
2. IT’S AN EXCUSE TO BUY MORE KIT
I’m not sure I can get away with buying a complete new outfit just for a 1.2 mile cycle but if you’re travelling a little further, you can definitely justify new shorts, trousers, tops and jackets... After all, you're saving money by not paying for travel, so let's call that extra money your new kit fund.
|These Lululemon Specialized bibshorts have sneaked their way into my kit drawer|
3. YOU CAN HAVE TWO BREAKFASTS
All in the name of fuelling and recovery, I’m sure having two breakfasts is necessary. You’ll need something for energy before you hop onto the saddle and then a boost afterwards to make sure your muscles can handle the return journey. Eating regularly will make sure you don’t crash during the day. This is good sense, not greed.
4. YOU CAN CARRY MORE
Bashing around on the tube with a big bag is frustrating for everyone and you can’t run with too much strapped to your back before a run becomes a hike. But you can load up your steed (preferably with a Hill & Ellis Bradley bag that looks beautiful but has all the practicalities of a bike bag) and carry everything you could possibly need for the day without toppling over.
|I have serious bag lust for this beauty from Hill & Ellis|
5. YOU CAN BE SMUG ALL DAY
Once you reach your desk, you may be a little sweaty and bum-sore but you can sit smug in the knowledge that, not only did you get in some morning exercise, but you've done your bit for the environment, too.
6. YOU GET FRESH AIR
Commuting above ground means you can fill your lungs with fresh air, much better than stale tube air. But having your own space and not having to stand in someone's armpit will help to clear your mind as well as your lungs. You'll reach your desk feeling refreshed and ready for the day, trust me.