The coronavirus outbreak has had a significant impact on people’s ability to get out and about due to lockdown and cycling has been one of the main positive things people have been able to do.
National Bike to Work Day falls on Friday 15th May, in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic which brought with it a new lease of life for bicycles at the back of sheds and those who were perhaps lacking in confidence on previously busy roads.
When the virus started taking the nation by storm, the question being asked by cyclists up and down the country were asking was Cycling and COVID-19: To Cycle, Or Not To Cycle?
Chris Boardman MBE, a British former racing gold medallist and the walking and cycling commissioner of Manchester, said earlier in 2020 in front of Parliament: “Pick a crisis, and you’ll probably find cycling is a solution.” He was right and it was quickly decided that getting on the saddle was not only safe but had many health benefits too.
If you’re one of those lucky people who had a bike prior to the racks being cleared out, or snapped up two wheels before they were out of stock, Bike to Work day has your name all over it.
Clear Skies And Clearer Roads
National Bike to Work Day couldn’t have come at a better time with people now being told that they can go to work if it is safe to do so and if they cannot work from home. The rules around exercise have been relaxed too. Social distancing measures are still to be adhered to and staying alert is the new motto
David Bott, Senior Partner at Bott and Co and an avid cyclist himself says: “The quieter roads make the chances of an accident occurring even more remote. If you are someone who is able to return to work safely and has no means to work remotely, I would encourage you to get on a bike and commute to and from work.
Not only is it safer than getting public transport but it can keep us healthy, both physically and mentally and is good for the environment with less cars on the road.”
What’s more, the Government has planned a £2 Billion investment to improve cycling in the UK with one of the main aims being that cycling could relieve the pressure on public transport.
Checklist: Why Take Part In Bike To Work Day?
- Safety – Cycling can help shield you not just from a virus perspective but also with less traffic on the roads there is a reduced risk of collisions happening.
- Heath – mentally and physically, cycling has proved to be a big success especially at a time so unfamiliar and with heightened stress levels.
- Time – Depending on the complexity and route, cycling to work can be quicker than taking public transport or waiting for a taxi, therefore you get some extra time in your day.
- Environmentally friendly – we’ve already seen some of the positive effects the virus has had on nature and the environment, and you can do your bit by getting on your bike and cutting your carbon footprint
- Saves money – if you ditch the train or car for a leisurely bike ride, you’ll also be saving the pennies by not paying for transport or fuel costs.
So, put your best wheel forward for #BikeToWorkDay on Friday 15th May 2020.