With rail fares set to rise by an average of 2.2% across the UK, commuters are encouraged to cycle to work to save more than just money

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To paraphrase an old saying, the only things certain in life are death, taxes and train fare rises, with ticket prices going up by an average of 2.2% in 2015.

More and more commuters now find themselves paying more than £5,000 for their annual season ticket, but cycling to work could be the answer to combating the rise.

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British Cycling is encouraging people with short commutes to take to their bikes in an effort to save time, money and get fit.

British Cycling campaigns manager, Martin Key, said: “Not only is cycling to work much cheaper, it also often works out much quicker than taking the train – especially if it follows an indirect route. People who travel less than 10 miles to work should seriously consider cycling – not only will they be much fitter and healthier, they’ll also save hundreds of pounds in rail fares and even gym membership.

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“Cycling is also great for making people feel good. Research has shown that cycling to work makes people less stressed and more productive. The trend for cycling to work is definitely on the increase – our membership has doubled to 100,000 in the last two years with 48% choosing to cycle to work.”