Guest blog by Fraser Winterbottom, Director of Delivery at the Energy Saving Trust
If only Margaret Thatcher had been literal with this quote, we might have had more people taking to their bikes instead of their cars decades earlier. However the figures are looking pretty positive. The Financial Times reported recently that the average number of daily journeys by bike has increased 91% since March 2000. This is fantastic news. And not just for the reduction in carbon emissions. This great form of transport could help the government’s other campaign encouraging us to Eat Well, Move More and Live Longer. Whilst there is still more to be done to make the options of walking and cycling easier, nicer and safer, the benefits are huge; no emissions, no petrol or parking costs (just the initial cost of the bike – why not see if your company has a bike purchasing scheme?), and a fitter heart and body. Here at the Energy Saving Trust we give alternative transport advice to reduce reliance on cars.
Spring is not too far away and this is a great time to get your bike from its winter store and give the tyres, brakes, lights, and your legs, a once over to get ready for the longer days and healthier more satisfying journeys – short journeys by car or tube are a chore; cycling or walking is great for your spirits, great for your pocket and great for the environment.
Pictured here are some of our regular cyclists from the Energy Saving Trust office who get to and from work on two wheels.