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					Active Travel - Cycling at Work

Helen Noyes

Community
Children’s
Physiotherapist
             Active Travel
• Making everyday journeys on foot or by
  bike is one of the easiest ways to increase
  the amount of physical activity in your
  daily routine. It's also a cheaper, healthier
  and more enjoyable way to travel.
                   Challenges
•   I don’t have a bike
•   I’m not fit enough
•   It’s quicker by car
•   I don’t suit lycra
•   The roads are dangerous
•   I don’t like getting sweaty
•   I can’t ride a bike
           I don’t have a bike
• Bike to Work Scheme
Salary sacrifice scheme through employer – save
  40% on cost of bicycle and accessories.
Pay back through 12 monthly instalments
Local bicycle suppliers eg. Edinburgh Bicycle Co-
  op
Got all the kit?
               I’m not fit enough
•   Fitness develops through regular exercise
•   On average, cyclists live two years longer than non-cyclists;
•   Regular cyclists are as fit as an average person 10 years
    younger;
•   Cyclists breathe in less pollution from traffic than car drivers;
•   Cycling firms the thighs and bottom, and can even help tone the
    tummy muscles;
•   Cycling raises your metabolic rate, helping you to keep the
    weight off.
Fit enough?
         Is it quicker by car?
Journeys in urban areas quicker by bike
    Cyclists are more likely to arrive at work on time -
    cycle journey times can be quicker and more
    predictable than other means. A five mile journey can
    be comfortably cycled by an adult in 30 minutes. To
    quote a commuter cyclist: “There are days when the
    traffic is so bad that only things moving are on two
    wheels”.
Ready to go?
Lycra is not compulsory
   The Roads are Dangerous
• Plan journeys using quieter streets and cycle paths
• Find a cycle route using www.transportdirect.info
  (coming to a town near you soon!)
• Find a bike buddy to share your commute
• Take a Bikeability course
   I don’t like getting sweaty
• Seek out showering and changing areas
• Plan your clothing
• and.....
   Dress
appropriately
Get on your bike
Can’t ride a
bike?

				
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