Good for you
- regular cyclists enjoy a fitness level equal to that of a person 10 years younger. (Source: National Forum for Coronary Heart Disease Foundation, Sharp)
- cycling at least 20 miles a week reduces the risk of heart disease to less than half that for non-cyclists who take no other exercise (Source: British Heart Foundation, Morris)
- if one third of all short car journeys were made by bike, national heart disease rates would fall by between 5 and 10% (Bikes not Fumes, CTC, 1992)
- during rush-hour, a bicycle is about twice as fast as a car - good if you hate traffic jams
Good for your wallet
- bicycles require no insurance, no licensing, no breakdown recovery services, and above all no fuel bills
- a good bicycle needs at most about £50 worth of maintenance a year - less if you do a bit yourself. How much does your car need?
- a good bicycle will last for years, if not decades. How long did your previous car last?
- a bicycle can be parked just about anywhere, so no more expensive car park bills
Map of St Helier bicycle parking areas on the Crimestoppers website
Good for our world
- 20 bicycles can be parked in the same space taken up by one car
- to make a bicycle requires only a fraction of the materials and energy needed to make a car
- bicycles produce absolutely no pollution - they are a lot quieter too
- cars crashes kill and maim thousands of people every year around the world
switching from four wheels to two for the school run or the commute would dramatically reduce carbon emissions. If all the commuters in England with a journey of under five miles went by bike rather than car or bus, they'd save a collective 44,000 tonnes of CO2, the equivalent emissions produced by heating nearly 17,000 houses. And that would just be in the first week.