What are the benefits of commuting by bike? Here are nine reasons why cycling to work is surprisingly brilliant

The benefits to your fitness, the environment and your wallet are the big ones – but we’ve got a few more that might surprise you

Image shows a man cycle commuting to work to reap the benefits.
(Image credit: Getty Images / Uwe Krejci)

For anyone who commutes to work on two wheels, the benefits are huge – and becoming increasingly more attractive as the roads are clogged with increasing numbers of cars, and public transport continues to regularly get hit by delays and strikes.

Bike hire schemes, the Cycle to Work initiative, increasing cycle infrastructure and widespread provision of bike parking/showers in the workplace mean that cycling is a convenient, quick and easy way to travel to work.

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Anna Marie Abram
Fitness Features Editor

I’ve been hooked on bikes ever since the age of 12 and my first lap of the Hillingdon Cycle Circuit in the bright yellow kit of the Hillingdon Slipstreamers. For a time, my cycling life centred around racing road and track. 

But that’s since broadened to include multiday two-wheeled, one-sleeping-bag adventures over whatever terrain I happen to meet - with a two-week bikepacking trip from Budapest into the mountains of Slovakia being just the latest.

I still enjoy lining up on a start line, though, racing the British Gravel Championships and finding myself on the podium at the enduro-style gravel event, Gritfest in 2022.

Height: 177cm

Weight: 60–63kg