Apart from all the positive physical benefits and the ease on your wallet compared to driving, have you thought of what a bike ride into town or to and from work can do for your state of mind?
It creates a sense of transition - Biking can provide a transition time between where you have come from and where you are going to! It helps you close off one thing and then prepare for where you are heading to next.
It clears your mood - If you have left work after a busy stressful day, by the time you get home you’ll be feeling more positive and ready to enjoy the evening.
Richard bikes to work everyday whatever the weather.
"I cycle 2 miles to work from my home on Fellside to the National Park offices at Murley Moss. It's only a short trip but I feel cheated if I don't get it to do it for some reason. As well as waking me up for the day ahead it's much quicker than getting stuck in the Kendal traffic in a car. There are a variety of routes I can take depending on my whim. Will be even better when the riverside path is formally recognised for bikes as it would make that great ride by the amazing River Kent at least legal!"
Martyn bikes into Kendal at least twice a week depending on the weather!
"It takes me about 15-2O minutes and I have found that my monthly fuel and parking bills have reduced significantly. It's stress free and I feel more energised when I bike to and from work and I feel it is keeping me fit. If I have time, I'll take a longer, quieter route home. One thing that I don't like is the fact that the cycle lanes in town suddenly just stop!"
Sharon lives in Kendal and works in Staveley.
"I bike to work 3 to 4 times a week and it takes me about 25 minutes. I do have a car, but I bike in because it saves on my fuel bill and I feel like I'm making a contribution to the environment. It's a great way to start and end the working day and I like the feeling of being fit and healthy. However, I do cycle on the back lanes to avoid the busy main roads!"
Rosemary cycles with her children to nursery by using a child bike trailer.
"The fact that I can cycle to nursery and into town with the children, means that as a family we only need one car. I think it is very important for us all to play our part in protecting the environment we live in, for us and future generations to come."