Cycling is an excellent form of aerobic exercise that is suitable for people of all ages. Active travel (walking or cycling) is one of the easiest ways to build exercise into your daily life. Studies have shown that people who cycle regularly have lower levels of heart disease, diabetes, obesity and cancer. A link between cycling and emotional health has also been shown, probably due to the psychological benefits of being outdoors and the opportunity to interact with other people. A switch from car travel to bicycle also means a reduction in noise and air pollution that benefits the whole population.
The cycling campaign wants to see our streets made more accessible and attractive for cyclists. We need lower speed limits in many areas and better enforcement of speed limits and other road traffic laws. We also want to see cycling taught and promoted in schools so that the next generation are confident to cycle on our streets. There needs to be greater investment in cycling by the Department of Health and Children so that cycling is accessible to all.
If you are interested in getting involved in our Cycling for Health campaign come along to one of our monthly public meetings, or drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.