‘Cycling 10:10’ study finds that bike use continues to grow in the UK, with significant associated health benefits
Cyclists are drinking and smoking less, eating better and experiencing less workplace stress, according to a new report from cycle-to-work provider Cyclescheme.
The ‘Cycling 10:10’ report, which took data from 10,000 cycle commuters, looked at the progress of the UK as a cycling nation over the past decade.
It found that alcohol consumption among cyclists had dropped by nearly a third, tobacco intake by 20% and that nearly half those surveyed had improved their diet.
The report also identified an increase in commuting by bike, with around 7% of the working population now doing so and two thirds of those admitting that they are now addicted to their machines.
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However, there remains a significant gender divide, with male cycling commuters outnumbering their female counterparts by a two to one ratio.
“This report shows that we currently have the momentum we need for a ‘cycling revolution’ to take off, but we need to capitalise on this and show individuals that the benefits outweigh many of the barriers,” said Richard Grigsby, founder of Cyclescheme.
The research suggests that some of the barriers to cycling to work include infrastructure and a lack of employer support, themes which were echoed by the sport’s national governing body.
“British Cycling would like to see Britain transformed into a true cycling nation,” said Martin Key, its campaigns manager.
“This is no small task and requires sustained investment, leadership from the top of national and local government and a commitment to design cycling back into our roads and junctions,” Key added.
Such an effort, though, would seem likely to pay off. Based on previous research, Cyclescheme predicts that, if 10% of car journeys were made by bike by 2025, the NHS could save £2.5 billion, with the economy also saving a total of £830 million through increased productivity and a reduction in sick days.
Visit www.cyclescheme.co.uk for more information about the cycle-to-work scheme.