Reduce stress – Cycling releases endorphins that lift your mood and help counter stress.
Be more productive – People who bike report higher motivation levels and improved workload management.
Have fun – Once you’ve experienced the sense of freedom, connection with your surroundings and camaraderie with other people on bikes, you might be hooked!
Never get stuck in traffic – When you bike, the journey time is pretty much the same, no matter what time of day you ride. You can ride straight past the traffic queues, and there’s no time wasted circling around looking for a car park.
Save money – A basic bike in good working order, a helmet, and high visibility gear are all you need. Once that is sorted, cycling is free! That means no more paying for parking… or no more parking a long way from the office to avoid parking charges.
Get active – Regular cycling strengthens the cardiovascular and immune systems, improves brain function, and helps prevent illnesses including diabetes, heart disease and many types of cancer. Cycling also strengthens your back muscles, which can help office workers prevent back pain from too much sitting down.
Reduce your footprint – By parking the car and biking instead you help to reduce both local pollution and emissions that harm the global environment.
Help our city – Before the earthquakes, 85 per cent of all trips in Greater Christchurch were made in private cars, and 19 out of 20 cars travelling to work had only a single occupant. This led to congestion, pollution, and busy city streets. As we reinvigorate the central city, we are seeing cycling rates grow by an amazing 20 per cent a year, creating a cleaner, safer, more efficient, and more pleasant place to be.
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