Before we begin to explain how we can encourage cycling, we must first discuss why we want more people to cycle. You’d be surprised how important it is for people to spend more effort on the environment than on convenience. There are many reasons why cycling prevails over other modes of transport, including the following:
People are more incompetent than they have ever been in the past. This is largely due to the increase in sedentary lifestyles, as well as the availability of easily produced and expensive fatty foods. Cycling, as part of a daily routine, can help maintain overall good health. This has many benefits, including a lower incidence of depression and lower cholesterol.
Exercise used to be mandatory as everyone wanted to be healthy and in shape. Many of us, including me, find it difficult to exercise regularly thanks to all the other things that are a part of daily life now. Cycling just happens to be one of the most enjoyable ways to exercise regularly. You can bike to work and back every day or just go out for a trip around the neighborhood every now and then.
Regardless of how, when, and where you go cycling, you’ll notice that it is a fantastic way to improve your body and mind at the same time. Some time alone on a bike to just be at peace is just as important as exercise and healthy living.
It is clear that we have too many cars on the road right now, which leads to increased CO2 levels in the atmosphere, which contributes to global warming. In addition, we cannot continue to use fossil fuels, which are rapidly running out. We must either find alternative energy sources or use another means of transport.
Many people are working on cars and other vehicles that don’t require fossil fuels. While the electric car has been invented it isn’t as efficient. Plus, electricity isn’t unlimited either and does require the consumption of resources. Bikes require nothing more than the stored fat within your bodies that no one wants to have in the first place. The point is that why would we use up the world’s vital resources when we can just ride a bike instead. Environmental protection is vitally important!
These two questions are the main reasons people cite for encouraging greater use of bicycles as a means of transportation. The problem now is how to encourage people to do more cycling. How can we take the above knowledge and use it to help people realize how important this is?
Increase the Number of Facilities Available to Cyclists
Cyclists need to feel safe on the roads and, unfortunately, the lack of bike paths in our downtown areas bothers many people. We must encourage cycling by increasing the number of bicycle paths and strategically placing them as far away from traffic as possible.
Another problem that many cyclists face is theft. Bicycles can be very expensive. The cheapest bicycles you can buy cost about £100, but the average bike is closer to £500. Obviously, if people ride bicycles regularly, they will spend a little more on their bikes, to make sure they buy a clean, comfortable and easy cyclist. This means that bicycles can be extremely valuable, and therefore, people will want to make sure that their bicycles are safe and secure.
Bicycle shelters offer cyclists safe places to store their bikes. If businesses, schools, supermarkets, shopping malls, and various other institutions provided more bicycle shelters, more people would choose their bicycles as their main source of transportation for their short trips. Modern bicycle shelters can be equipped with lockable doors (for example, in a commercial environment, only employees who use their bicycles to get to work can have access to the shelter), a video surveillance system and a number of other anti-theft and anti-vandalism devices.
Cycling Aptitude Tests
Many people who could cycle as part of their daily commute do not do so because they do not have the necessary skills to do so. Cycling proficiency tests can help these people to get up to speed and understand how traffic works in the United Kingdom. This can help them gain the confidence they need to ride comfortably on the country’s roads.