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Your health and the environment are just two reasons why cycling is beneficial to us all.

Health

Medical experts describe cycling as an ideal form of exercise. Regular cyclists enjoy a fitness level normally found in someone 10 years younger.

Cycling for half an hour a day could halve your chances of heart disease. It is estimated that a 10% increase in people cycling regularly would reduce National Health Service costs for treating heart disease by £200m a year.

Pollution is three times as bad inside a car as outside in slow moving traffic.

Transport

Cycling can perform a vital role in beating congestion. Traffic congestion is not yet perceived to be a great problem in Stevenage. However, long queues can develop on main routes in the morning and evening rush hours. Unless positive action is taken, these are set to get worse.

Many journeys in Stevenage are short enough to be made by bicycle and most rush hour journeys within Stevenage are faster by bike. Using the off street cycle network can be the quickest way of travelling in peak traffic conditions.

Recreation

Cycling is an excellent way of seeing Stevenage from a different perspective. The comprehensive off road cycleway network allows you to take in Stevenage’s attractions and places of interest by bicycle. The Stevenage cycleway network provides easy access to the surrounding countryside.

Environment

Nearly 60% of car journeys are less than 5 miles. Cycling is a pollution-free form of transport so by cycling short journeys, you can help to reduce pollution and traffic congestion and preserve the Earth’s oil reserves. Motor vehicle fumes are a major contributor to global warming so by cycling, you are helping to reduce the rate of climate change.

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