Cycle for the Environment & Health and Wellbeing!
Cycling can have tremendous benefits not only for the preservation of the environment, but also for the health and wellbeing of the individual cyclist. This makes it a fantastic mode of transport which has multiple benefits.
Benefit for the Environment
Cycling is one of the few forms of transportation which requires no fuel source, other than human muscle power of course! It therefore does not produce environmentally-harmful emissions from the burning of fuel as occurs in combustion engines, which power the vast majority of transportation vehicles, or require power which has been created through burning fuel elsewhere as is often the case with electric cars (unless this electricity has been generated through renewable methods such as wind or solar power).
A cyclist who travels to their destination by bicycle will therefore not be using another form of transport such as a car which would most likely be giving off toxic emissions that not only cause damage to the environment but also have health and safety implications for people in the vicinity who breathe in these harmful fumes such as carbon monoxide from exhaust pipes.
Benefit for the Individual
Cycling is a great way to get fit, lose weight and maintain overall health and fitness levels. Not only does it provide useful exercise, but it is also easier on joints such as the knees than activities like jogging are which entail repeated heavy impacts upon the ground. Regular cycling to destinations rather than transport options such as cars or buses which require no movement can have significant benefits for an individual's health.
Whilst on the topic of health and safety, it is important to mention that cyclists must always wear a helmet to prevent a head injury. Bicycles are easy to fall off and have no protection from any structure such as those provided by a car, which makes protective clothing and equipment such as a helmet essential for the rider. If a person's head were to hit the hard ground or pavement without wearing a helmet, then serious head injuries or death are likely occurrences.
Using a pedal bike to get about rather than a polluting vehicle has a double benefit, not just for the environment but also for the health of the individual. This win-win situation means that as many people as possible should be encouraged to cycle to their destination rather than relying upon other transportation methods to get there. Consequently, governments and local councils are introducing schemes and measures such as the creation of cycle lanes to promote and encourage more people to cycle.