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Will You Cycle To Work?

February 12th, 2010 · 8 Comments ·
 
 

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Many countries have already encouraged their people to make cycling as an option and not just relying on cars for three obvious reasons:

 

  1. To reduce the need for petrol which is getting more expensive for the past couple of years
  2. To get people to exercise more to prevent obesity health issues from increasing
  3. To reduce traffic congestion and air pollution caused by cars

Here is one of the interesting graph I got from the Internet showing the number of world bicycle and automobile production for 57 years, between year 1950 and 2007.

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  • Late 1960s, bicycle and car production tracked each other closely, but bicycle eventually overtook car after 1970.
  • In 2007, the world has produced about 130 million bicycle, more than twice the figure of cars.

A number of countries have taken initiative to get people to cycle more:

  1. In Copenhagen (Denmark), 6 percent of commuters cycle to work. The city plans to invest more than $200 million in bike facilities between 2006 and 2024 and estimates that by 2015 half its residents will bike to work or school.
  2. In Freiburg (Germany), a city with 218,000 people, has allocated roughly $1.3 million annually for cycling since 1976. Now, about 70 percent of local trips there are made by bike, on foot, or by public transit.
  3. In Australia, the state of Victoria has amended planning laws to require all new large buildings to provide bike parking and other facilities such as showers and lockers.
  4. In South Korea, government aims to substantially increase bike ownership by 2015, from one bike for every seven citizens to one for every four.
  5. In London, employers are given some tax benefits for buying bicycles and encourage their staffs to use to cycle those bikes to work.
  6. Ironically, in China, the country has recently seen a rapid decrease in bike ownership as its population becomes wealthier and switched to cars. From 1995 to 2005, China’s bike fleet declined by 35 percent, from 670 million to 435 million, while private car ownership more than doubled, from 4.2 million to 8.9 million. Some city have actually closed bike lanes with the reason that cyclists have caused many accidents and congestion. Shanghai even banned bicycles from certain downtown roads in 2004. However, in 2006, China government has ordered cities that had narrowed or removed bike lanes to restore them.

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Over here in my country, I do not mind to cycle to work, but few issues – the weather and the distant.

  • Living in a hot humid country where we sweat a lot, I probably need to take a shower when I reach office.
  • Even if I do not sweat, it is not so practical to cycle with a formal office suite.
  • Apart from that, when it rains two out of five days, it is pretty risky to cycle with raincoat to the office early in the morning and back to home late evening.
  • Moreover, my office is 10 miles (about 16 kilometers) away, I probably need to wake up much earlier to reach office on time.

Having said that, if my office is less than a mile away, I will seriously consider cycling to work.

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How about you, will you cycle to work?

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  • Devil's Advocate // Feb 13, 2010 at 1:06 PM

    I ride my bike to work and it’s great. They have showers and lockers at work so I can get cleaned up when I get there and have some clothes there for when I get to work.

    It’s about a 20 minute ride but it’s definitely a good way to get some much needed cardio exercise into a packed day. If you’re able to plan and structure your day and start and finish times then riding your bike to work is a wicked transport option.

    You can even get those hybrid bikes so you can pedal some of the way…and use the motor for the parts where you wanna be slack (like going uphill) :p

  • Evan // Feb 13, 2010 at 6:05 PM

    Hello Mun, i’m from Indonesia and i enjoy reading your blog a lot. It provides me many useful health and exercise information which i need to improve my life quality. Thanks!

    I’m living in Yogyakarta, which air pollution is high because of great number of vehicle that didn’t pass the emission test. But this past 2 years our goverment encourage people to do bike to work, and build lane for bicycle in some spot. Not much, but still an improvement.
    I’m still attending the college, and i recently ride bicycle to get there. 3 kilometers away, not very far.

    It’s feel great, and save me time to do cardio exercise.
    I try keep up cycling at least 15 kilometers a day, not only because i want a healthy life, but also because i’m in an overweight state.
    Hehehe. . . .
    i’m 177 cm and 85 kg.

    Could you write more article about weight loss training please Mun, i’m really appreciate it^^

    Thanks for the nice blog, keep it up Mun!
    Sorry for my bad English hehe. . . .

    Evan

  • JD // Feb 15, 2010 at 6:26 AM

    I wish I could ride my bike to work. I live in city where everyone has SUVs or huge trucks, and its very dangerous riding on the city streets on a bike. Heck, even crossing the street on foot is a risk, people are idiots in my city. The US is so backwards when it comes to this stuff. I lived in Germany for 4 years and you could feel quite comfortable walking or riding abike without the threat of some distracted driver hitting you. I live in Pittsburgh, PA by the way….cannot wait till I’m finished with school to move to a more outdoorsy type place.

  • astrothsknot // Feb 23, 2010 at 8:59 AM

    I cycle pretty much everywhere, work, gym, shopping. I find it cuts my costs and helps me fit in my exercise. I cycle in specific clothes and take my office wear with me in a back pack – it’s nearly impossible to cycle in a business suit.

    I also shower at work. I don’t live in a hot climate, but you do sweat. I’d still bike even if I lived somewhere hot- just make sure you’ve plenty water.

    As for how long it takes to get anywhere, I’ve found I’m actually quicker on my bike. I can go straight to where it is I’m going, I’m not waiting on buses or constrained by their route. And a folding bike can go in buses or cars, say you have park away from where you work. In my country, trains take bikes unfolded, so many cycle to the station and train into work

    Cycling in cities is hard, but no impossible. Bikes can slip into gaps and stuff and go on pavements, so with a bit concentration, traffic’s not an issue.

    I love my bike!

  • Magdalene // Feb 24, 2010 at 5:10 PM

    Tried cycling to work once (distance is 50 km one way).. I didn’t mind it except for the danger of cycling with really fast cars. Now, if it were safer to cycle on the Malaysian highways, I would do it more regularly (not everyday but maybe once a week or so).
    Safety.. and oh, the lack of proper bicycle parking..

  • fadhli // Mar 30, 2010 at 4:45 PM

    i’m from jakarta, indonesia. i like to read this article. jakarta is one of city with high polution level. one of causes of polution here is motor vehicle and people here prefer to use car and motorbike rather than bicycle. beside of that, traffic jam is common here.

    it’s very intersting to use bycicle as daily transportation coz beside of exercise, i also can cut petrol cost, reduce co2 emission and can get out from traffic jam faster. but i have to learn about safety riding first before i ride bike because risk of 2 wheeled vehicle rider in street is very high

  • rebekah // Jun 20, 2010 at 7:19 AM

    2 things (one of them is a question)

    1. i just want to remind people that you cannot go on pavements in cities or elsewhere in the UK. it is actually illegal and unsafe and a nightmare for pedestrians. we are not allowed to cycle on pavements so please dont do it :o)

    2. i need a fold up bike. i wanted one with nice big 26 inch wheels but it looks like i have to get one with 20 inch wheels. im not fit and havent cycled for a few months so am out of practise. i will have to cycle 3.5 miles on rural roads and along a busy carriageway. i just wondered how much slower they are than normal bikes? it used to take me about 20 minutes to cycle 2.5 miles on a big bike. how long do you think it will take on a fold up 20 inch wheel bike?

  • Albert // Feb 25, 2011 at 9:00 PM

    An interesting topic with loads of good info. I think that in the 21st century, when people’s most common excuse for not exercising is lack of time, cycling to work can come as a major rescue. Cycling is a great form of cardiovascular exercise and will help you to drop the pounds quickly. Cycle, in addition, is environment-friendly as well. However, while cycling, give maximum importance to safety and security.

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