Let’s bust the myths about cycling to work
What do you think of when you think about cycling to work? If it involves Lycra-clad cyclists panting away on carbon fibre bikes that cost the price of a mortgage, order then the focus of Bike Week was to remind you that it absolutely doesn’t have to be that way.
Bike Week was a good opportunity for everyone to take a step back and re-evaluate cycling for what it really is: a simple, check relaxing and efficient way for everyday people to get from A to B. The theme for this year was all about cycling to work and in Liverpool, it couldn’t have happened at a better time.
Coinciding with the launch of the next phase of Liverpool Council’s popular campaign, The 20 Effect, the first phase of the campaign successfully paved the way for quieter and safer roads across the city. The next chapter in The 20 Effect will be all about encouraging people to get out there cycling (and walking), reconnecting with their city and realising how easy, simple and invigorating it can be.
There are all kinds of myths about cycling that prevent people from digging out their bikes and giving it a go, but The 20 Effect is here to bust the myths about cycling and show Liverpool that it’s the best way of getting about.
Did you know that for people living in areas surrounding the city centre, cycling to work is usually quicker than driving? In fact, in heavily congested areas a bicycle can be twice as fast as a car. Cycling gives you real freedom to move about your city without having to worry about parking, petrol or endless traffic jams.
Riding a bike to work also leaves you better off: Bikes are free to park, don’t require fuel, and are simple and cheap to look after. People who cycle to work also report that they arrive feeling alert and invigorated in the morning, helping them have a bright and focused start to their day’s work.
If you’ve been thinking about cycling to work, then now is the time to do it. Saddle up and send a photo of yourself to The 20 Effect team on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, and be sure to follow the campaign to stay updated and show your support!