Brits can 'save money with pedal power'

March 24, 2009

Motorists looking for a cheap alternative form of travel could save up to £2,000 each year if they opt for pedal power.

A spokesperson for the Environmental Transport Association (ETA), which provides an online car cost calculator said: “It is easy to underestimate the amount it costs to run a car, but running a bicycle is almost free and makes perfect sense for local journeys. Half of all journeys are less than 2 miles long, yet many of these trips are made by car.”

“The great thing about walking and cycling is that you can build it into your everyday routing – cycle to work, walk with the kids to school. That means you’re more likely to keep it up – travelling green and getting fit at the same time.”

Cycling tips

  • Cycling is a great way of getting and staying fit. It’s known as a low-impact activity, which means it doesn’t put a strain on your joints. If it’s been a while since you took exercise remember to take things easy, and if you suffer from a medical condition have a quick word with your doctor.
  • It’s a practical way to keep fit. 75% all personal journeys are less than 5 miles long – that’s half an hour on a bike.
  • Leaving your car at home and taking the bike is of benefit not only to your health butyour community; you’ll be helping to reduce noise and air pollution as well as traffic congestion
  • It’s almost free. Bicycles can be very cheap to buy. They don’t need an MOT, insurance, fuel and can be parked almost anywhere for free.

  • Riding a bike can help you maintain a healthy weight. Average cycling burns about 300 calories per hour.

Do I need cycle insurance?

The short answer is yes. Bikes are vulnerable to theft and in the case of an accident you may need to seek compensation or even deal with a claim by someone else. Cycle insurance from the ETA includes new-for-old replacement, third party insurance, personal accident cover and if you breakdown, they will even come out and recover you and your bike.

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