The Benefits of the Bicycle
As first-world countries face an obesity epidemic with serious repercussions for health, the consumption of fossil fuels threatens the global climate, and petrol prices rise, more and more individuals and governments are waking up to the potential of cycling to change how we travel, live, and work, for the better. Research in a diverse range of countries has shown that gentle cycling (in regular clothes, no need for lycra or an expensive carbon-fibre bike) several times a week can greatly reduce one’s risk of cardiovascular disease and obesity, and strengthen the immune system. A major study of British commuters found that cyclists were almost half as likely to die over a five year period (of all causes combined) than non-cyclists. People doing their shopping by bicycle have been found to boost their local economy by spending significantly more per week on shopping trips than motorists. And less air pollution due to traffic means fewer health problems even for non-cyclists! There is enormous scope for cycling to flourish in Australia, but it’s held back by a lack of political will, negative social attitudes, and legislative impediments. Freestyle Cyclists seeks to change this so everyone can enjoy the benefits of the bicycle.
Next Social Ride
Melbourne: Markus and Claudia will be leading a ride to celebrate World Bicycle Day around the Capital City Trail. The ride commences at 11.00am Saturday June 3rd from Southern Cross station. Current forecast for this Saturday is warm for winter (top of 18) with only a small chance of showers.