Cycling is excellent exercise. Cycling will help you meet the recommended physical activity guidelines, improve your physical and mental health and well-being, while reducing your risk of premature death and ill-health.
You might think that cycling is dangerous, but cycling is far more likely to benefit your health than damage it; and the more cyclists there are, the safer cycling becomes – the ‘safety in numbers’ effect.
More about the health benefits
Lack of exercise can make people ill. It can lead to obesity, coronary heart disease (CHD), stroke, cancers, type 2 diabetes and other life-threatening conditions.
Obesity in particular is a growing, costly burden to the health service. Without action, 60% of men, 50% of women and 25% of children will be obese by 2050 in the UK.
CHD is the UK’s biggest killer – well over 90,000 people die of it each year with over 33% of these attributable to lack of physical activity.
Unlike driving, cycling causes negligible harm to others, either through road injuries or pollution, so it’s a healthy option not just for cyclists, but for everyone else too.
The more people use a bicycle instead of a car, the less air pollution is breathed in by other road users and those living near roads (i.e. all of us!) Anyone living near a main road would enjoy a quieter environment.
Cycling fits into daily routines better than many other forms of exercise, because it doubles up as transport to work, school or the shops etc. It’s easier than finding extra time to visit the gym and far less costly.
Cycling is cheap compared to other forms of transport. You don’t need a lot of special equipment or clothing. You could find it saves you money and – for some trips – it might also save you time as well.
In Cycle Hayling we have a National Standards (provisional Bikeability) trained instructor willing to provide training sessions for you, or your friends and relatives. So if you are lapsed cyclist that would like to start cycling again with confidence, or you just want to brush up on you cycling skills, please contact Robert at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Progress to date
Posted on: September 17, 2017 by: Wilf
Do watch this inspiring little video from Sustrans, showing one Primary School’s bike revolution. Turns out kids can have fun and get free and healthy exercise at the same time. And reduce congestion and parking problems at school.
Hayling’s schools support cycling, and our cycle routes to school are (slowly) getting better. Cycle Hayling wants to see kids on Hayling having fun and cycling to school. Wouldn’t it be great if by 2018 we could say that this video could have been made on Hayling!
Sustrans is the Sustainable Transport charity that created the National Cycle Network, which includes the Hayling Billy Trail. Many Cycle Hayling supporters are also supporters of Sustrans.
Posted on: January 14, 2013 by: Sue Underwood
Those youngsters who have asked about local velodrome facilities and training might like to click on the link below to read an interesting article about the Portsmouth facilities. It looks like demand is very high, but really keen youngsters will get their chance to train on the outdoor velodrome.
Posted on: January 12, 2013 by: Robert Sebley
The plans to provide cycle training are still being formed. It is the intention that instruction sessions in safe cycling will be available to individuals and small groups starting in the early summer 2013. Watch this space for further notices.