Cool Facts: Cycling

Cool Facts: Cycling

Cycling is a great way to keep you and your children active. In the recent years cycling has got more and more popular with many children now cycling to school rather than getting a lift in the car, and more and more adults are also starting to cycle to work. Did you know that cycling burns around 600 calories an hour and on a bicycle you can expect to be as fit as an average person ten years younger than yourself if you cycle frequently?

The very first bicycle was invented way back in 1817 and was named The Walking Machine. It didn’t have pedals and you would push your feet along the floor and then glide on the bike. The bicycle has evolved over the years including the Penny Farthing, the Tricycle and the many modern day cycles that are used now.

The cycle to work calculator is a great way to work out how much you are saving by cycling to work or school instead of driving. If your bike cost you £200 and you travel a total of 30 minutes a day in the car, you would save £1312 per year just by hanging up your car keys and getting on your bike! Work out how much you could save by clicking here

Below we have listed some cycling facts to get you thinking and to help you decide whether cycling is worth it or not – I personally think it most definitely is!

  • Cycling is great exercise: a steady cycle – around 10mph burns calories at the same rate as a very brisk walk
  • Riding a bicycle can protect you against heart disease, high blood pressure, obesity and stress
  • Cycling burns around 600 calories per hour
  • On a bike you can travel 3 times faster than you can walk, using the same amount of energy
  • On a bicycle you can travel up to 1037miles on the energy equivalent to a single litre of petrol
  • Twenty bicycles can be parked in a parking space that would usually hold just one average sized car
  • When it comes to city traffic a bicycle is much more quicker and friendlier than any other vehicle
  • Air-filled tyres were used on bicycles before they were used on motorcars
  • Cycling on a daily basis will make you as fit as a person 10 years younger than your actual age
  • There are on average around 1 billion bicycles being used right now
  • Regular exercise of any form including cycling, has been proven to reduce stress & symptoms of depression and improve the general well being and self esteem of a person. Cycling outdoors also puts you back in touch with nature and takes away the days stresses and strains.

This Cycle Shelter was designed and manufactured by Able Canopies Ltd. and installed at Ravenswood Primary School in Ipswich, Suffolk.

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