Cycle Stirling

bicyclebannerCycle 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.

Cycle Stirling is hosted by Forth Environment Link, in partnership with Recyke-A-Bike (RAB) and Stirlingshire Voluntary Enterprise (SVE).


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 cyclingbicycle benefits