Cycle Stirling purpose
Cycle Stirling (CS) promotes safe cycling for all ages and abilities to everyday destinations, reducing car journeys, and creating a healthier population and a more sustainable environment.
To this end, Cycle Stirling priorities include cycle training (particularly in schools), awareness raising, advocacy, partnership working, infrastructure improvements, learning from others, and building a cycle family.
Benefits of a bike
So, what exactly are the benefits of a bike? Did you know that if you replaced short car trips with a bike you are likely to see the following benefits:
- The average cost of travel per mile for a car is 79p. The average cost of travel per mile for a bike is 4p!
- On a bicycle you can travel up to 1037 kilometers on the energy equivelant to a single litre of petrol.
- Cycleing for half an hour every day can halve the risk of heart disease.
- Cycleing for 20 minutes uses as much energy a swimming breast stroke for 13 minutes, playing football for 15 minutes, doing aerobics for 20 minutes or walking for 25 minutes.
- Depending on your speed you can burn between 375-600 calories per hour.
- Medical studies have shown that if you cycle regularly, you're likely to live about 5 years longer and enjoy the health benefits of a person around 10 years younger.
- Motor vehicles contribute to around 27% of all greenhouse gas emissions.
- People communting in vehicles breathe in 25% more pollution than those cycling